Standing Committee Visit ECAA

Standing Committee Visit ECAAMembers of the Transport Affairs Standing Committee with the House of Peoples Representatives (HPR) said the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) has contributed a lot to the nation’s air transport safety and development.

Upon their visit to the Headquarters of the Authority, members of the standing committee were briefed by Shemels Kibreab, ECAA Deputy Director, on the overall progress of the Authority, including major achievements and challenges faced.
They also paid visits to Authority’s Training Center and Air Traffic Control Tower at Bole International Airport, where they gained insight into the major tasks of the Authority.

While briefing the members, Shemels indicated that the Authority has undertaken significant activities to enhance the nation’s air transport sector, ensuring safety and security. Nevertheless, he said, “financial constraints in implementing capacity building programs, lack of encouraging response for performance reports and incompatibility of organizational structure with duties and responsibilities are the main challenges.”

Committee members on their part stated that the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority appears to be the backbone for the advancement of the national carrier-the Ethiopian Airlines as well as the development of private air operators.
They asked what relationships the Authority has with stakeholders and similar institutions in the neighboring states; whether there exist sufficient number of skilled personnel that is competent and capable of unleashing modern communication, navigation and surveillance devices and other questions. 

The Deputy Director noted that the Authority has established commendable relations with stakeholders such as Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise, adding that modern navigation equipment have become operational, with sufficient number of skilled manpower.
Standing Committee Chairperson, honorable Kalid Ahmed said, “I’m so proud of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority that manages to control 97% of the country’s air space and ensure reliable safety in the sector.” He further stated that the encouraging activities being undertaken by the Authority need to be strengthened.

Kalid reiterated the need to retain Authority’s human resource, exert relentless effort for the implementation of air transport policy and to alleviate challenges faced with regards to organizational structure, directives, rules and regulations.