10 July 2023
Harare, Zimbabwe | The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) wishes to advise all esteemed stakeholders that it successfully completed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Audit known as the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission (ICVM) on the 28th of June 2023, achieving an Effective Implementation (EI) score of 69.09%, up from 53.14% attained in the 2019 full scope audit. This is above the global average of 67% and above the average for sub-Saharan Africa of about 58%.
With a progressive score of 69% from 53%, Zimbabwe qualifies for an ICAO Prize (Public Commendation). This prize is a prestige awarded to States which make an improvement exceeding 15% from their previous audit score.
Background to the ICVM
ICAO audits all 193 contracting States to verify their safety oversight capacity through checking compliance and Effective Implementation of the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) under eight major audit areas namely:
- Primary aviation legislation and civil aviation regulations (LEG),
- Civil Aviation Organization (ORG),
- Operations of aircraft (OPS),
- Airworthiness of aircraft (AIR),
- Air Navigation Services (ANS),
- Aerodromes and Ground Aids (AGA),
- Personnel licensing and training (PEL) and
- Aircraft accident and incidents investigation (AIG)
Two audit areas, (vii) and (viii) were not covered in this on-site validation mission and will be audited through an off-site or desktop audit before the end of 2023. Completion of this exercise has the potential to raise the EI to above 75% in light of the work that has been done by the Authority in the implementation of the Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
During the ICVM closing briefing, CAAZ Director General, Dr. Eng. Elijah Chingosho, expressed his profound appreciation to the Government through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development for the tremendous support in all matters pertinent to the aviation industry including policies conducive for the development of a safe and secure air transport in line with obligations of the State under the Chicago Convention
“The positive outcome of the audit is a result of hard work, professionalism and expertise by every CAAZ team member with the huge support from our shareholder, the Government of Zimbabwe. This score of 69.09% is above the global average of 67% and above the African continent averages of 57% for West and Central Africa as well 58% for East and Southern Africa”, he said.
The Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Felix T Mhona commended CAAZ for the continued effort in ensuring that Zimbabwean skies are open for business with high safety and security standards in line compliance with the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.
Hon. F. T. Mhona reiterated that the State, under the able leadership and guidance of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Dr. E.D. Mnangagwa, has come up with various interventions to refurbish and modernize the aviation infrastructure and systems which include the recent commissioning of air navigation equipment: the Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-directional Radio Range /Distance Measuring Equipment (DVOR/DME) to ensure that the State adheres to global standards of aviation equipment modernisation.
This will be followed by the installation of the latest air traffic control communication equipment at all airports across the country by August this year. The secondary surveillance radar systems, which is part of the RG Mugabe International Airport expansion program, will also be installed and commissioned at R G Mugabe and J M Nkomo International airports by the last quarter of 2023.
Note: The Chicago Convention of 1944 was a landmark agreement that established the core principles permitting international transport by air, and led to the creation of the specialized agency which has overseen it ever since – the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO promotes the safe and orderly development of civil aviation across the world. Currently. Zimbabwe is one of the 36-member ICAO Council.
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