The East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (EAC CASSOA) provides a forum for the East African States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) and coordinates activities as an RSOO. CASSOA has steered the harmonization of civil aviation regulations and guidance material on flight safety, aerodromes and air navigation services. The Agency in Partnership with EASA has installed the SOFIA system as a working tool for certification, licensing and inspection in all EAC Partner States. The EAC aviation examination system has been procured with funding from development Partners to harmonize personnel license exams in East Africa. CASSOA also promotes sharing of aviation technical expertise within the East Africa region which has benefitted all Partner States.
The Agency derives its mandate from Article 92 of the EAC Treaty which in summary states that the Partner States shall undertake to make air transport services safe, efficient and profitable; adopt common policies for the development of civil air transport in the region; harmonise civil aviation rules and regulations and coordinate measures and co-operate in the maintenance of high security.
Objectives and functions
Pursuant to Article 92 of the Treaty, the principal objectives of the Agency as stated in the EAC Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency Act 2009 (section 4) are as follows. The functions of CASSOA are set out in section 5 of the same act.
- To develop policies on the development of safe, reliable, efficient and economically viable civil aviation with a view to developing appropriate infrastructure, aeronautical skills and technology as well as the role of civil aviation in support of other economic activities;
- Assist the Partner States in meeting their safety and security oversight obligations and responsibilities under the Treaty and the Chicago Convention and its Annexes; and
- Provide the Partner States with an appropriate forum and structure to discuss, plan and implement common measures required for achieving the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation through the implementation of international standards and recommended practices relating to the safety and security of civil aviation.CASSOA is also involved in three major functions, namely:
- Harmonising operating regulations to ensure that they meet international standards and recommended practices;
- Developing standardised procedures for licensing, approving, certificating and supervising civil aviation activities; and
- Providing guidance and assistance to Partner States including putting in place measures for resource sharing particularly for the technical personnel.