Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has received the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Presiden's Certificate on aviation safety.
Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) spokesperson, Modipe Nkwe, on Tuesday told the media that the award comes after the country’s progress in resolving safety oversight deficiencies and improving on effective implementation of applicable ICAO standards and recommended practices.
Nkwe said the country’s aviation performance last year impressed ICAO during a coordinated validation mission on Botswana undertaken in December 2015.
Satisfied with Botswana’s aviation sector safety, ICAO lifted the safety concerns imposed on the country following the April 2013 audit.
“The removal of these Safety Concerns increased the country’s safety ranking above the African and world averages.
At 71%, Botswana ranks well above the world average, which currently sits at 63.44%, as well as ranking above the average regional ratings for Africa, Latin America and Asia at 48.24%, 70.13% and 60%, respectively,” Nkwe said.
Meanwhil, the regional rankings for Europe and North America are currently highest at 76.17% and 92.32% respectively.
ICAO is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) of 191 Member States and industry groups to reach consensus on international civil aviation.
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