CASE Project Newsletter - Number 2

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The second edition of the Project's newsletter details the activities undertaken within its framework since November 2016.

If you would like to subscribe to the CASE Newsletter, please contact the Project Administrative Assistant, Olivia Lalonde (olalonde@ecac-ceac.org).

For further information about the CASE Project, please contact the Project Coordinator, Mr Antoine Zannotti (azannotti@ecac-ceac.org; +33 1 46 40 37 69).

 

CASE Project workshop on risk management in Senegal

Dakar, 23-24 January 2017

 

The CASE Project conducted its first workshop on the theme of risk management in Dakar on 23-24 January 2017, jointly organised by ECAC, in charge of implementing the EU-funded CASE Project, and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).

The workshop brought together experts from a record number of 29 African States, 12 of which were participating in a CASE Project activity for the first time: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, South Sudan, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The meeting was opened by Ms Iyabo O Sosina, Secretary General of AFCAC, and Mr Antoine Gouzée de Harven, Regional Coordinator with the European External Action Service.

During two days of interactive work led by moderator Ms Eleanor Travers of the Irish Aviation Authority, participants had the opportunity to engage in discussions and Q&A sessions based on the presentations given by risk management experts from the Authorities of Ireland, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, as well as a representative of Air France on behalf of the airline association, A4E. Mr Alassane Dolo, AVSEC Regional Officer of the ICAO Western and Central African Office, also presented ICAO's risk management methodology. In addition, the ECAC expert presented the vulnerability assessment activity offered to CASE Project Partner States as part of the risk management process.

In addition to a roundtable during which experts from each State present briefly outlined their national approach to risk management, participants completed two exercises, the first concerning the practical application of the methodology presented, and the second involving the identification of potential vulnerabilities in the public areas of airports.

 

Best Practices for National Auditors Training in Togo

Lomé, 5-10 December 2016

 

The CASE Project's second Best Practices for National Auditors - Level 1 training and subsequent Certification of National Auditors took place from 5 to 10 December 2016 in Lomé, Togo.

The training was officially opened and closed by the Director General of Togo's Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (ANAC), providing further evidence of the interest and involvement of the Appropriate Authority in national capacity-building activities delivered by the CASE Project, following a mentoring activity delivered in June and aimed at improving the use of available technology (see Issue No.6-2016 of News Point).

Nine national auditors, representing relevant entities involved in compliance monitoring (ANAC, the airport security organisation, the airport operator, a security company and a handler) participated in the training, which incorporated a combination of classroom learning and practical exercises. This mixed participation fostered cooperation between the organisations involved and contributed to breaking potential administrative barriers. The training and certification were delivered by one expert of ECAC and one CASE Project short-term expert, nominated by the French CAA and released for this specific assignment.

In addition, and as for all national activities conducted under the CASE Project from now on, a test suitcase, or exposed wire Standard Test Piece (STP), designed to verify the image quality of screening equipment used for aviation security purposes, was offered to ANAC by the Project, in order to further support the resources, both human and technological, dedicated to quality control in the field of aviation security.

Director General of ANAC-TOGO Mr Dokisime Gnama Latta
with Ms Anne Dureau, ECAC Aviation Security expert

 

CASE Project Newsletter - Number 1

The first edition of the Project's newsletter, detailing the activities undertaken within its framework during the first nine months of 2016, has been published. Future editions will be issued on a quarterly basis.

If you would like to subscribe to the CASE Newsletter, please contact the Project Administrative Assistant, Olivia Lalonde (olalonde@ecac-ceac.org).

For further information about the CASE Project, please contact the Project Coordinator, Mr Antoine Zannotti (azannotti@ecac-ceac.org; +33 1 46 40 37 69).

Jordan hosts first Arabian Peninsula
CASE regional workshop

Amman, 2-3 November 2016

After several activities dedicated to African Partner States, the CASE Project has delivered its very first activity in the Arabian Peninsula. ECAC and the Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) jointly organised a workshop on threats to civil aviation in Amman on 2-3 November 2016.

Current and emerging threats such as those to landside areas of airports, threats resulting from MANPADS and other standoff weapons as well as insider threats, were discussed by 23 regional experts from Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, as well as experts from Europe (Mr Mario Bugeja from Aviation Security Malta, Mr David Trembaczowski-Ryder from ACI EUROPE and Mr Clive Wright from the United Kingdom Department for Transport) and from the United States (Mr Gary Seffel, Transportation Security Administration Regional Attaché for East Africa). Moderator Mr Antoine Zannotti, CASE Project Coordinator, conducted interactive sessions and group exercises on the mitigation of MANPADS and the identification of landside threat scenarios during this event, which was opened by Eng. Ahmad Azzam, Chief Commissioner and CEO of CARC. The Delegation of the European Union to Jordan was represented at this event by Minister Counsellor Koenraad Dassen.

Best Practices for National Auditors
workshop in the Republic of Congo

Brazzaville, 5-9 September 2016

The first Best Practices for National Auditors - Level 1 (BPNA1) under the auspices of the CASE Project, took place from 5 to 9 September 2016 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

Ten participants from various entities (Appropriate Authority or Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, Gendarmerie, Customs and Police) attended this training, which was delivered by two trainers from ECAC, Ms Anne Dureau and Mr Adam Borkowski.

This training, a combination of classroom learning and practical exercises, was officially open by Mr Alphonse Kanga (Director of Meteorology, representing the Director of Air Transport, Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile [ANAC]) on Monday 5 September 2016, and closed on Friday 9 September 2016 by Mr Boris Makaya-Batchi (Director of Air Transport, ANAC).

This activity is specifically tailored for the professional development of national auditors. The main objectives are to familiarise the participants with best practices in audit/inspection techniques, thus gaining a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities as national auditors and strengthening their competencies and skills in conducting national compliance monitoring activities.

Upon completion of the training, on Saturday 10 September 2016, a series of written and oral tests, provided by ECAC, were conducted on the request of the Appropriate Authority of the Republic of Congo, as an additional activity of the CASE Project.

 

Regional workshop
on security equipment and technology

Dakar,  6-7 September

The Civil Aviation Security in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (CASE) Project held its second two-day regional workshop in Dakar, Senegal on 6 and 7 September 2016, on the theme of security equipment and technology.

The event was jointly organised by ECAC and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) and benefitted as well from the strong support of the Civil Aviation Authority of Senegal (ANACIM). The welcome addresses were respectively delivered by the Deputy Regional Director of ICAO, Mr Prosper Zo'ominto'o, the Secretary General of AFCAC, Ms Iyabo O. Sosina, and the Director General of ANACIM, Mr Magueye Marame Ndao.

Moderator Mr José Maria Peral, from the ECAC Secretariat, was joined by speakers representing all stakeholders: the regulators (represented by Mr Paul Redfern from DfT UK), the airport operators (Mr David Ryder from ACI) and the manufacturers (represented by Mr Nicolas Ouakli from CEIA, Mr Tim Rayner from EOS and Dr Georgia Moody from Smiths Detection).

Altogether, they delivered a series of presentations on topics including the methods of screening for both people and baggage, with discussions on the pros and cons of every category of security equipment, the features of ETDs and LEDS, or the challenges for Appropriate Authorities in the selection of security equipment. Two breakout sessions were dedicated to the design of screening checkpoints' configurations and the choice of appropriate screening methods.

Thirty-nine participants from 19 Partner States (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda) attended the workshop.

 

First CASE Project regional workshop
on cargo and mail security

Abidjan, 26-27 July

 

The Civil Aviation Security in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula (CASE) Project, a four-year EU-funded and ECAC-implemented initiative launched in 2016, held its first two-day workshop on Cargo and Mail Security on 26 and 27 July in Abidjan, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire.

The event was jointly organised by ECAC and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and hosted by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Côte d'Ivoire, whose director of administrative and financial affairs, Mr Doumbia Yahaya, delivered a welcome address.

Introduced by Mr Tcha-Djidoré Bah-Traoré (WAEMU) and moderated by Ms Anne Dureau (ECAC), topics including current threats and challenges to cargo security, cargo screening and the status of respectively regulated agents and known consignors were presented by aviation security experts from ECAC, the Netherlands and Portugal, as well as the cargo industry. Twenty-eight participants from eleven countries attended the workshop and engaged in lively discussion during the breakout sessions.

The CASE Project's next regional workshop, which is being jointly organised with the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), will focus on security equipment and technology and will take place in Dakar, Senegal on 6-7 September 2016.

 

 

First meeting of the Case Project Steering Group 

The first meeting of the Case Project Steering Group was held on 3 February 2016 at the ECAC offices in Paris.

This four-year Project is financed by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) with the overall purpose of improving the level of aviation security in partner States in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, mainly through the organisation of capacity building activities.

The Steering Group acts as the "Advisory Board" of the Project and aims at ensuring coordination with international partners. This first meeting was chaired by the European Commission and brought together representatives of EU Member States, of international and regional organisations (e.g., ICAO, African Civil Aviation Commission, WAEMU, ECOWAS) and of IATA, all of whom provided valuable inputs on the priorities to be established for the Project.

The meeting was an opportunity to introduce the CASE Project and its main components, and for all participants to discuss the activities to be implemented in the course of 2016. Although the Project has a strong focus on cargo security, participants were also informed on the activities that will be delivered to enhance the capacity of States to mitigate the threats from MANPADS. 

The Steering Group meeting was followed by the first meeting of the Project Management Committee, which gathers ECAC and European Commission representatives.