CASE Project Newsletter - Issue 7

 

The seventh edition of CASE News includes the activities of the CASE Project from November 2018 to April 2019.

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, Antoine Zannotti (azannotti@ecac-ceac.org; +33 1 46 40 37 69).

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High-level meeting between ECAC and WAEMU

Paris, 21 February 2019

Following their participation at the CASE Project Technical Seminar in Brussels, a delegation of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) visited ECAC the same week.

The WAEMU delegation was led by Mr Paul Koffi Koffi, Commissioner of Department of Community Territorial Administration and Transport, and also comprised Mr Balogoun, Director for Transport in the WAEMU Commission, and Mr Bah-Traoré, Coordinator of the WAEMU Programme of Inspections and Audits.

They met with Ms Patricia Reverdy, Acting Executive Secretary of ECAC, and two of her collaborators, to discuss the current state-of-play of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding in force between ECAC and WAEMU, since its signature in 2006. As a consequence, several future joint actions were agreed in principle during the meeting, mainly - but not limited to - in the field of aviation security.

 

 

EC and ECAC co-host Technical Seminar to consider three years of CASE Project implementation

Brussels, 18-19 February 2019

For the first time, the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and ECAC brought together key stakeholders from 26 States to reflect on the results of three years of cooperation to build aviation-security capacity in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula through the CASE Project.

As well as representatives from CASE Partner States and ECAC Member States, the seminar was attended by organisationsthat have closely cooperated with ECAC on the Project (ICAO, AFCAC, ACAO, WAEMU, IATA and ACI), as well as a number of EU institutions that are involved in similar initiatives.

A total of 53 participants took part in the discussions, which aimed to examine the most significant lessons learned from the Project's implementation, to highlight the good practices developed, and propose actions to further strengthen the Project's efficiency. The discussions were rich and varied, and generated a number of ideas that will serve to further increase the impact and effectiveness of the CASE Project in its final year, before it comes to a close in 2020.

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Covert security testing in Namibia

Windhoek, 22-24 January 2019

A three-day mentoring activity focusing on covert testing was delivered by the CASE technical specialist and both aviation security experts currently on secondment to the Project. 

Fourteen security officials and inspectors selected from the Namibian CAA, the national airport company, police and intelligence services participated in this activity, which comprised classroom training and the organisation of tests conducted on different aspects of aviation security. This CASE Project mission served to support the enhancement of Namibia's existing covert test protocols and practices, generating high levels of engagement and resoundingly positive feedback from the participants.

Three new Partner States in the Maghreb region

Tunis, 7-11 January and 28 January – 1 February 2019

Two "Best Practices for National Auditors - Level 1" (BPNA1) training courses were delivered  by the CASE Project in Tunis in January. The trainees on the first course included two auditors each from Algeria and Morocco, in addition to four from Tunisia. For all three States, the training represented their first involvement with the Project at national-activity level.

Three instructors conducted the BPNA1, one of whom, Artem Melnyk, is an aviation security expert recently seconded to CASE from Ukraine. He and the CASE Project's own aviation security technical specialist, Luís Moço, also delivered the second course two weeks later, this time exclusively to a group of eight Tunisian auditors.

A double first in Ireland: the first ECAC workshop on insider threats and the first joint ECAC-CASE activity

Dublin, 11-12 December 2018

At the invitation of the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the first ECAC workshop dedicated to the insider threat to aviation security was held in Dublin in the premises of the Irish Aviation Authority.

The event was also significant for being the first ever workshop jointly organised by ECAC and the CASE Project, thus functioning both as part of ECAC's capacity-building programme and as a regional workshop within the framework of CASE.

The workshop brought together 75 participants from 18 ECAC Member States and 11 CASE Partner States. Discussions focused on the nature of the insider threat and possible measures to mitigate it, and included several national case studies with an underlying emphasis on security culture. The workshop was moderated by Patricia Reverdy, with speakers from across Europe and Africa as well as Canada and the European Commission. 

Subregional training of vulnerability assessors
on landside security for WAEMU States

Cotonou, 11-14 December 2018

As one of the new activities introduced in the scope of the CASE Project in 2018, a training course on assessing the vulnerability of landside security was delivered in Benin to six national auditors from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Togo. The course, the result of a joint initiative between ECAC and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), was hosted by the Beninese Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile.

The activity, which was conducted by two French-speaking ECAC-certified assessors on landside security, aims to offer CASE Project Partner States training similar to that included in the capacity-building programme provided by ECAC to its own Member States. In addition, it featured a half-day of practical exercises carried out at Cotonou Cadjehoun International Airport. The three-day training course was concluded by a series of written and oral tests.

Two seconded aviation security experts
join the CASE Project

For the first time, two secondees have joined the CASE Project team in Paris. Ms Mouniratou Tchado Issoufou (Director of Aviation Security & Facilitation, Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile du Niger) and Mr Artem Melnyk (Head of Analytical Division, AVSEC Department, State Aviation Administration of Ukraine) are the first in a planned succession of aviation security experts to be seconded from ECAC Member States and CASE Partner States to the Project for the remainder of its duration. The secondees will work as part of the CASE team for a minimum period of six months and will reinforce the Project's capacity to deliver national and regional activities on-site in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Follow-up BPNA in Jordan

Amman, 20-22 November 2018

Following the Best Practices for National Auditors – Level-1 training delivered in January-February 2018 to eight Jordanian auditors working in the field of aviation security (including the CAA, the military, an air operator and an airline), a level-2 course was conducted this month for the same group of trainees (with the exception of one, who had changed roles in the interim).

The 10-month interval between the two activities allowed the participants to put the lessons they had learned into practice during their day-to-day quality-control activities, and thus bring to this second course a range of questions informed by their greater experience. The training was delivered by one member of the CASE Project team and an expert currently seconded to ECAC by the UK CAA.

Strong interest for African workshop
on behaviour detection

Accra, 14-15 November 2018

ECAC and AFCAC jointly organised a workshop on behaviour detection which was held in Accra with strong support from the Ghanaian CAA.

50 participants from 22 Partner States attended, underlining the strong interest in this technique among the Project's Partner States, only one of which already has a behaviour detection programme in place. The speakers included experts from Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States of America, all of whom shared their knowledge and experience of the main issues required in the effective implementation of behaviour detection operations, such as: the selection and training of specialised officers, best practices for deployment, and key indicators in the evaluation of behaviour detection programmes. The workshop was moderated by the current Chair of the ECAC Study Group on behaviour detection, Ms Carmen Feijoo Fernandez from the Spanish Guardia Civil.

Second CASE BPNA1 delivered in Ghana

Accra, 22-26 October 2018

Accra, the site of a Best Practices for National Auditors – Level 1 (BPNA1) training course delivered on a subregional basis by the CASE Project in April 2018 (with additional participants from Malawi and Zimbabwe), received a second BPNA1 in October, this time as a solely national activity.

While the Ghanaian auditors who attended the subregional training were all from the national CAA, the participants in the second course were entirely from industry (including the airport operator, a handling agent, an air carrier and private security companies).

The training course was delivered by the same team of experts from ECAC and the Kenyan CAA as conducted the first BPNA1 in Accra in April.

CASE Project Newsletter - Issue 6

 

The sixth edition of CASE News includes all the recent activities of and developments in the CASE Project, and includes a spotlight on the Project's counter-MANPADS component.

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Two subregional BPNA courses
delivered by CASE in Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, 1-5 October and 8-12 October 2018

Two consecutive Best Practices for National Auditors - Level 1 training courses were organised in October in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, in response to requests for this quality-control-focused activity made by the host state, and by both the Democratic Republic and the Republic of the Congo. The Republic of the Congo had already received this activity on a national basis in September 2016, but had since recruited additional auditors who also wished to benefit from the training.

The national diversity of participants was matched by the that of the instructors, who in addition to the ECAC head of mission, included experts from Benin, Cameroon, France and Niger.

Third CASE workshop on cargo and mail security

Tunis, 3-4 October 2018

The CASE Project, which has previously held workshops on cargo and mail security to the benefit of Member States of the West African and Monetary Union (Abidjan, July 2016) and the Community of Lusophone Aviation Authorities (Maputo, April 2017), partnered with the Arabic Civil Aviation Organisation (ACAO) in October for the organisation of its third such workshop, hosted by the Tunisian Civil Aviation and Airports Authority and opened by the Tunisian Director General of Civil Aviation.

The workshop was attended by 31 participants from nine ACAO Member States, with speakers from American, British, French and Tunisian authorities, as well as the European Express Association. The CASE Project DVD on cargo security, which features an Arabic version, was distributed to all participants during the event.

Further CASE activities aimed
at quality control in Mozambique

Maputo, 6-10 August 2018

Having benefited from a Best Practices for National Auditors (BPNA) - Level 1 training in July 2017, the CAA of Mozambique confirmed that, further to the successful application of the methodologies learned in the BPNA1, they were ready to take level two of this training course, which was subsequently delivered to them from 6 to 8 August in Maputo.

The Appropriate Authority selected the domains of in-flight supplies and access control (persons and vehicles) from the list of optional modules that are offered to the Partner State in the framework of a BPNA2, in addition to the core modules dedicated to inspection techniques (interview- and documentation-based), compliance assessment and inspecting security equipment. 

Following the completion of the course, certification was undertaken at the request of the CAA for the eight participants, as well as for two additional experts, on 9-10 August, by the same team of CASE Project experts. Standard ECAC written and oral tests were organised and the results provided to the CAA for them to decide on the follow-up action to be taken, based on the performance of each candidate.

Subregional BPNA1 in Botswana

Gaborone, 23-27 July 2018

The third subregional Best Practices for National Auditors - Level 1 training course (BPNA1) to be conducted by the CASE Project within the space of four months was held in Gaborone from 23 to 27 July 2018. Opening the course, Geoffrey Moshabesha, Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB), stated that it was a historic moment for the organisation and spoke of Botswana's objective of ensuring that all CAAB staff receive training appropriate to their responsibilities – notably, in this case, compliance-monitoring.

As a subregional activity, the training course brought together participants from Uganda and Eswatini (the former Swaziland) in addition to the national auditors from the host State. While Uganda was already a Partner State of the Project at national-activity level (for counter-MANPADS activities), this was the first operational activity of the CASE Project delivered for the benefit of Ghana and Eswatini respectively.

The practical component of the training was held at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, and an ECAC Standard Test Piece was presented to Mr Moshabesha by the CASE expert at the end of the course.

Fourth meeting of the CASE Project Steering Group

Brussels, 8 June 2018

The Fourth Steering Group Meeting of the CASE Project, co-chaired by Olivier Luyckx of the European Commission's DG DEVCO (Head of Unit B5) and ECAC's Patricia Reverdy (Deputy Executive Secretary and CASE Project Director), was held in Brussels on 8 June. 

In addition to presenting the previous and planned operational activities delivered on-site by the Project, the CASE team presented the most recent additions to its range of activities, the extension of certain national activities to subregional groups of Partner States, and the growing practice of employing regional experts on missions in order to reinforce the crucial principle of intraregional learning.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss collectively how to best continue the implementation of the CASE Project, with Mr Paul Koffi Koffi, Commissioner in charge of WAEMU's Community Land Planning and Transport Department, speaking on behalf of the Project's Partner States.

CASE training on quality control for
cargo operations conducted in Kenya

Nairobi, 22-24 May 2018

Two instructors from ECAC and the Dutch National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism delivered a three-day Best Practices for National Auditors – Cargo training course in Nairobi on 22-24 May.

The course, which aims to develop the skills of national auditors who are new to conducting compliance-monitoring activities in the field of cargo and mail security, was attended by four participants from the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) and two from industry. The trainees demonstrated good knowledge of international regulations and procedures relating to cargo security and a strong commitment to further improving their competency levels.

The course was both opened and closed by Captain Tom Ogenche, the KCAA's Director of Aviation Safety and Security Regulations, to whom an ECAC standard test piece was delivered by the CASE Project in order to support its auditors' monitoring of X-ray screening in Kenyan airports. The final day of the training was also attended by Mr Jean-Pierre Bardoul, Regional Programme Manager with the EU Delegation to Kenya, who expressed his satisfaction with the engagement of Kenya in the CASE Project.

CASE Project workshop on security
in airport design in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, 8-9 May 2018

A total of 27 participants from 9 Partner States attended a CASE Project Security in Airport Design workshop, which was jointly organised by ECAC and ACI, and generously hosted by the Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Jeddah on 8-9 May.

The event was opened by Mr Mohammed Al-Fozan, GACA's Deputy Assistant President for Aviation Security and moderated by Mr David Trembaczowski-Ryder, ACI EUROPE's Head of Aviation Security. The workshop included presentations by speakers from Brussels Airport, the French Direction générale de l'Aviation civile and the British Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, and addressed best practices in designing airport infrastructure to resist attacks involving improvised explosive devices and hostile vehicles. The configuration of the passenger travel process through airport infrastructure so as to reduce the vulnerabilities of landside areas was also examined. In addition to a breakout and Q&A sessions, the workshop included a visit to one of Jeddah's airport terminals, organised by GACA.

In the concluding session, participants expressed particular appreciation of the aspects of the presentations which focused on real scenarios and the speakers' actual experience of and learning from recent terrorist attacks.

This workshop was the first to be implemented of the five new themes that were recently added to the scope of the CASE Project.

Auditors from three Partner States
brought together in Ghana 

Accra, 23-27 April 2018

Following the very first subregional implementation of this training course in Cabo Verde earlier in the same month, the second BPNA1 to be delivered on a subregional basis took place in Accra from 23 to 27 April 2018.

Five participants from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority were joined by two CAA representatives from Malawi and one from Zimbabwe. For all three States, it was the first national activity of the CASE Project conducted to their benefit.

Another feature of this BPNA1 is that it was delivered by a regional expert, released by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, along with a trainer from ECAC. 

 

 

First subregional CASE BPNA1 training
held in Cabo Verde

Sal, 9-13 April 2018

The Best Practices for National Auditors – Level 1 (BPNA1) training course conducted in Sal, Cabo Verde, from 9 to 13 April, was especially notable for being the very first to be organised on a subregional basis.

One Mozambican and three São Toméan national auditors joined three from Cabo Verde's Agência de Aviação Civil, who were hosting the event, along with one from Sal's airport operator. The course was delivered in Portuguese by one trainer from ECAC and one from Portugal's Autoridade Nacional da Aviação Civil, who reported that the subregional experiment had been a great success, with cross-national perspectives enriching the in-depth discussions and exchanges of experience, including during the three practical exercises carried out at the airport.

The option to deliver national activities subregionally is designed to allow smaller States, whose pool of national auditors would not justify the organisation of an operational activity dedicated solely to their country, to nevertheless benefit from these activities and thereby become Partner States. Moreover, it allows States with a large number of national auditors – such as Mozambique, who already benefited from a BPNA1 in July 2017 – to designate additional participants, beyond the threshold of eight trainees set for this activity, at a later stage.

  

CASE Project Newsletter - Issue 5

 

The fifth edition of CASE News details new national and regional activities available within the Project's framework, as well as those undertaken in January and February 2018.

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, Antoine Zannotti (azannotti@ecac-ceac.org; +33 1 46 40 37 69).

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A Second CASE Workshop on Security Culture
for the Arabian Subregion of the Project

Casablanca, 27-28 February 2018

Following the success of the CASE Project's first security culture workshop in Nairobi in January, a second workshop on the same theme was held in Casablanca on 27-28 February. This event marked the first joint organisation of an activity under the Project between ECAC and its sister organisation, the Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC).

The workshop was hosted by ACAC, whose aviation security expert, Mr Atef Ajili, was joined by speakers from African, European and American civil aviation authorities, as well as industry representatives including airport operators and airlines. Eleven Partner States participated in the event, including, for the first time, nationals of Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, who exchanged experience and learning in breakout sessions and collective discussions between the presentations.

Further joint activities with ACAC and the other regional and subregional organisations partnering ECAC in the framework of the CASE Project are already under preparation.

Regional Expert Joins Training Team
for CASE Project BPNA1

Windhoek, 19-23 February 2018

Since its inception, a core principle of the CASE Project has been to foster cooperation in the field of capacity building, not only between ECAC Member States and Partner States, but also between Partner States themselves. It was also understood that this aspect of the Project could only achieve expression in its second half, given the time needed to develop relationships with those Partner States and to identify regional experts with relevant skills and expertise.

Several African and Arabian experts have already participated as speakers in CASE Project workshops. Now, however, this key principle has been fully realised with the delivery of a national activity: a BPNA-Level 1 training course conducted in Windhoek from 19-23 February 2018 by an ECAC instructor and a trainer from the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

Six participants from the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority attended the training, which involved a combination of classroom learning and practical exercises. The course is specifically tailored for the professional development of national auditors, supporting their understanding of their roles and responsibilities and strengthening their competencies and skills in conducting national compliance-monitoring activities, particularly audits and inspections. It also involved three practical exercises, which were conducted with the support of the Namibia Airports Company and the Namibian police at Windhoek's domestic and international airports.

Feedback from the mission was very positive from all involved and it is an experience that the CASE team is keen to continue building on in the future, by further expanding its pool of regional experts.

National Auditors in Jordan Study Best Practices

Amman, 28 January - 1 February 2018

Eight Jordanian aviation security auditors from the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC), as well as the country's airports and airlines, participated in a Best Practices for National Auditors - Level 1 (BPNA1) training course from 28 January to 1 February 2018.

The two ECAC instructors who delivered the course remarked on the high level of engagement demonstrated by the trainees, as well as their detailed knowledge of the applicable aviation security regulations and their substantial operational experience, which led to fruitful exchanges between all those involved.

Significant support provided by staff at Queen Alia International Airport facilitated the conducting of practical exercises over the five days and the trainees expressed keen interest in applying the acquired expertise to their current working environment.

The CASE Project team will continue cooperating with CARC to discuss further potential support activities to the benefit of Jordan, in particular - but not limited to - the field of quality control.

 

ECAC and AFCAC Host CASE Project's
Most Attended Workshop in Kenya

Nairobi, 17-18 January 2018

The CASE Project's first workshop on security culture, held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 18 January 2018, attracted the highest number of participants for any such event organised by the Project since its inception. Forty-nine African experts representing twenty-seven Partner States - including, for the first time in the CASE Project, aviation professionals from Lesotho, Madagascar and Malawi - were sponsored by the Project to attend the workshop, which was jointly organised by ECAC and the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), with the support of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

The event was opened by Mr Jean-Pierre Bardoul, Regional Programme Manager of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Kenya and Dr Mugambi M'Nchebere, Director of the East African School of Aviation, acting on behalf of the KCAA. Dr M'Nchebere highlighted Kenya's efforts to instil a security culture not only in the field of aviation but across society as a whole.

During the two days that followed, seven highly experienced aviation security experts from the appropriate authorities of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Kenya and the United States, as well as Gatwick Airport, IATA and ECAC, invited participants to consider key issues impacting the effective implementation of a security culture. Alongside these presentations, moderator Mr Yves Mabbe from the air cargo industry facilitated breakout sessions, during which experts shared the reality of the security contexts in which they work and the obstacles they face in achieving buy-in to aviation security standards. Discussions on how to best tackle these challenges were animated and generated a number of interesting and practical conclusions.

The very positive feedback from this first edition of the workshop was used to inform and further refine the planning of the Project's second security culture workshop, which took place in Morocco in February.

Training Course for National Auditors in Lebanon

Beirut, 8-12 January 2018 

A Best Practices for National Auditors - Level 1 training course was delivered by two ECAC instructors to seven Lebanese participants from 8 to 12 January.

All the national auditors involved in this training are members of the Centre d'Entraînement pour le Renforcement de la Sûreté Aéroportuaire (CERSA), the national training centre for aviation security. CERSA is additionally the organisation with responsibility for compliance monitoring activities within Lebanon's aviation security administration.

The participants included CERSA's director, General Ziad Chahine, and deputy director, Colonel Georges Nader. This second national activity conducted to the benefit of the Lebanese authorities, following a cargo security audit at Rafic-Hariri International Airport in December 2016, was also the opportunity to remit a Standard Test Piece to CERSA, in order to further reinforce its quality control activities.

CASE Project Newsletter - Issue 4

 

The fourth edition of the Project's newsletter details the activities undertaken within its framework from July to November 2017.

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, Antoine Zannotti (azannotti@ecac-ceac.org; +33 1 46 40 37 69).

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Mentoring Activity to Improve Cargo Security Regulations in São Tomé & Príncipe

São Tomé, 18-21 September 2017

For its first national activity in São Tomé & Príncipe, the CASE Project delivered a four-day mentoring exercise focused on laying the foundations of a cargo secure supply chain in the country.

Luís Moço, the Project's Aviation Security Technical Specialist, led a core team of security and legal experts from the National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) and the airport authority in drafting cargo and mail security regulations, which will be implemented alongside the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP).

The Chairman of INAC's board, Mr Eneias Santos, stated his full commitment to ensuring that the new regulations are approved and implemented in the shortest timeframe possible. In exchange, Mr Moço presented Mr Santos with a Standard Test Piece to assist INAC in its quality control monitoring of security equipment.

 

Best Practices for National Auditors in Mozambique

Maputo, 24-28 July 2017

The CASE Project's fourth BPNA1 training was held from 24-28 July in Maputo, Mozambique.

Eight national auditors from the Mozambican Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) participated in the course, which represented the Project's first national activity in Mozambique and in the Project's lusophone African Partner States as a whole.

The training – involving both classroom learning and on-site practical exercises at Maputo's international airport – was delivered in Portuguese by a member of the CASE team and an expert released by the Portuguese CAA.

In keeping with the Project's objective to support Partner States' capacity in the field of quality control, CASE also used this activity as an opportunity to provide the Mozambican CAA with a Standard Test Piece (test suitcase).

 

Further training of national auditors in Togo

Lomé, 18-20 July 2017

Following a Best Practices for National Auditors (BPNA) - Level 1 training conducted in 2016, the CASE Project delivered a BPNA - Level 2 training in Lomé, from 18 to 20 July 2017. This was the very first implementation of the activity at this level under the CASE Project.

It is of particular interest to note that the eight national auditors who participated also attended the initial BPNA in December and were therefore from the same organisations involved in quality control. This is significant both in terms of the Project's objective to constantly reinforce national capacity in compliance monitoring and the stability of human expertise in this crucial field.

The training was opened by the Togolese Director General of Civil Aviation, Colonel Dokisime Gnama Latta, and was delivered by one trainer from ECAC and one expert released by France, who is currently responsible for compliance-monitoring activities at a regional level within the French Civil Aviation Authority.

 

CASE Project Newsletter - Number 3

 

The third edition of the Project's newsletter details the activities undertaken within its framework.

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, Antoine Zannotti (azannotti@ecac-ceac.org; +33 1 46 40 37 69).

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Third meeting of the CASE Project Steering Group

 

Brussels, 23 June 2017

 

The third meeting of the Steering Group of the CASE Project was held in Brussels on 23 June 2017.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Olivier Luyckx, Head of the Stability, Security, Development and Nuclear Safety Unit within the European Commission's Directorate-General of International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). DG DEVCO officials were joined by colleagues from the Directorate-Generals of Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), and Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME), as well as the European External Action Service (EEAS). In addition to the usual participants: ECAC Member States, the African Civil Aviation Commission and ICAO, and industry stakeholders such as ACI EUROPE and IATA, this third meeting included, for the first time, representatives of the Partner States themselves, from Benin, Senegal and Togo.

As per its previous sessions, this meeting enabled ECAC to update the Steering Group on the implementation status of the Project, in addition to presenting the planned activities for the second half of 2017. Specific activity-related questions were raised for which the input of those present was requested.

Togo hosts workshop on vulnerability assessments

Lomé, 25-26 April 2017

In cooperation with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and with the support of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Togo, the CASE Project delivered its first technical workshop on vulnerability assessments on 25-26 April 2017 in Lomé, Togo.

Twenty-three experts from all eight WAEMU Member States (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo), as well as Nigeria and Cabo Verde, participated in the event, which was officially opened by the Director General of CAA Togo, Colonel Dokisime Gnama Datta, in the presence of the EU Delegation to Togo.

Moderator Laurent Banitz (ECAC) was joined by certified vulnerability assessor Jacques Weyant (CAA France) and regional expert Mamadou Silamakan Diop (CAA Mali) in delivering a series of presentations covering the principles of risk analysis and risk management as well as key concepts and tools involved in vulnerability assessments. 

The second day of the event focused on vulnerability assessments specifically applying to landside security. Experts were offered breakout sessions aimed at examining the practical methodology and best practices to identify and measure potential vulnerabilities in landside security.

Further training and coaching of national auditors
in the Republic of the Congo

Brazzaville, 24-28 April 2017

Following a first wave of activities organised in 2016 with the objective of improving the competencies of national auditors in the Republic of the Congo in the crucial field of quality control (BPNA-Level 1 and Certification), the CASE Project delivered its very first Best Practices for National Auditors - Cargo training in Brazzaville, from 24 to 26 April 2017.

Eleven national auditors from all the organisations involved in compliance monitoring – the national Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), police, gendarmerie, customs and the airport operator – participated in this activity, which focused exclusively on the oversight of security operations dedicated to air cargo. In the presence of Mr Tom Ashwanden of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of the Congo, Mr Marcellus Boniface Bongho, Acting Director General of the Congolese CAA, officially opened the training, which was delivered by two experts: one from ECAC and one released by the French CAA.

This was followed from 27 to 28 April by a coaching activity involving twelve national auditors from the same organisations, divided into groups of three, who were accompanied, observed and debriefed by the CASE Project experts during their daily monitoring activities, particularly inspections, in the following domains of aviation security: aircraft protection,  in-flight supplies, access control, screening of passenger and cabin baggage and screening of hold baggage.

The deliberate sequencing of these training and coaching activities in 2016 and 2017 further highlights the CASE Project's capacity to offer and deliver comprehensive and coherent support in the field of quality control in aviation security.

 

First CASE workshop for lusophone African States

Maputo, 12-13 April 2017

The CASE Project delivered its second technical workshop on air cargo and mail security on 12-13 April 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique.

The event was jointly organised by ECAC and the Portuguese Civil Aviation Authority and was specifically dedicated to lusophone African countries. The workshop came as a follow-up to a meeting of the Directors General of the Community of Lusophone Civil Aviation Authorities. As a consequence, twenty experts from Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe gathered for two days of technical presentations, discussions and practical breakout sessions. For Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe, this was the very first participation in a CASE Project activity. The workshop benefited from the strong support of the Civil Aviation Authority of Mozambique, which kindly offered the venue at the premises of the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Hydrologic Resources.

Four speakers from Luxembourg, Portugal and ECAC shared their experience and the best practices of their respective organisations with the twenty regional experts, focusing in particular on the themes of international regulations applicable to cargo security, threats to cargo security, challenges for cargo screening and detailed descriptions of the principles and requirements of a secure supply chain regime to ensure cargo security.

Finally, the event provided an opportunity to further present CASE Project national activities to Partner State officials and to initiate discussions about potential future activities to be delivered, in particular in Mozambique.

 

Improving the use of existing security equipment
with CAA Cameroon

Douala and Yaoundé, 21-24 February 2017

As the first on-site activities to be implemented in Cameroon, two experts from the French Direction générale de l'Aviation civile delivered the CASE Project "improving the use of available technology" national activity at the country's two main international airports in Douala and Yaoundé.

The current methods in use to operate all categories of screening equipment at these airports were reviewed and the various types of equipment themselves were assessed. As a result, some recommendations for improvement were identified and will be formalised in a forthcoming report.

The mission took place from 21 to 24 February 2017 and benefited from a very strong level of cooperation by the Autorité Aéronautique du Cameroun (CAA Cameroon), the technical department of which was acting as the operational point of contact for the two French experts. A preliminary debriefing was held on the last day of the mission and chaired by Paule Assoumou Koki, Director General of CAA Cameroon.

Finally, and as for most current CASE Project national activities, this mission also provided the opportunity to offer the CAA Cameroon a Standard Test Piece to support its quality control of the performance of the security equipment, in line with overall the technological focus of this mission.

 

 

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.