17-Member Civil-Military Cooperation Committee Inaugurated
A 17-member National Civil-Military Collaboration Cooperation, and Coordination Committee has been inaugurated in Accra.
The committee is charged with the responsibility to ensure greater civil-military partnership in the safety and efficiency of air traffic management (ATM) within the Accra Flight Information Region (FIR). The committee is also tasked to constitute a governing board, develop civil-military manuals, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and related memorandum of cooperation (MOC) in ATM.
Members of the committee, chaired by Mr. Daniel Ansah Larbi of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)), are Mr. David Akuamoah; Mr. Abraham Lomotey; Mr. John Coffie; Ing. Isaiah Teffutor; Alhaji Mohammed Mawuli Rabiu; Mr. Theophilus Ago; and Mr. William Agyare, all of GCAA.
Others are Mr. Charles Hanson Adu and Mr. Ben Ahlijah, both of the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL); Mr. James Dusu of Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet); and Mr. John Djankwei Abbeo of the Office of National Security.
The rest are Wg. Cdr. Isaac Kwabena Krampa Antwi; Wg. Cdr. Patrick Kuu-Ire; and Sq. Ldr. Frank Ato Mills, all of the Ghana Air Force; Cdr. Michael Duvor of the Ghana Navy; and Col. William Nii Nortey of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Inaugurating the committee, the Deputy Director-General (Technical) of GCAA, Ing. Daniel Acquah, underscored the importance of civil-military partnership to aviation safety. He said the constitution of the committee was in compliance with Decisions reached by Member States at the end of the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Africa-Indian Ocean Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APIRG/22) and the Fifth Meeting of the Africa-Indian Ocean Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-AFI/5), held in Accra in August 2019, which called for enhanced civil-military cooperation.
In a presentation, the Acting Director of Air Traffic Services at GCAA, Mr. Thomas Duopah, highlighted the significance of compliance with guidance provided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on civil-military collaboration, cooperation, and coordination.
This partnership, he added, would encourage greater civil-military interoperability and appropriate use of performance equivalence, ensure improvements to air navigation capacity and efficiency, safety, cyber threats and system resilience, and guarantee the consideration of the interoperability and governance principles for the military community in system-wide information management (SWIM) and in the development of the ICAO trust framework.
Mr. Doupah stated that ICAO Member States are expected to comply with a June 30, 2021, deadline for the implementation of the UN specialized aviation agency’s guidance on civil-military collaboration cooperation, and coordination.
The event was also addressed by the Chief Staff Officer, Ghana Air Force Headquarters, Air Cdr. Jacob Ashrafi, who observed that the regularity and safety of air navigation is a shared goal for both civil and military aviation institutions. He tasked the committee to work diligently towards proposing an approach to airspace management that is balanced, safe and secure. He referenced the longstanding collaboration between the GCAA and the Ghana Air Force, and encouraged members of the committee to build trust in their work.
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Established in 1986, GCAA is the regulatory agency for air transport in Ghana. It licenses air transport operations, maintains oversight of aviation safety and security, as well as provides air navigation services within the Accra Flight Information Region (FIR), which comprises the airspace of Ghana and a large area over the Atlantic Ocean in the Gulf of Guinea. It is also responsible for consumer protection and the promotion of the development of Ghana’s air transport sector.