ICAO and SLCAA Discuss iPack Deployment

February 9,  2021

SLCAA Conference Room

The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) has engaged the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) on the Deployment of iPack to strengthen the National Air Transport Facilitation Programme (NATFP).

The objective of the meeting was to support the strengthening of the National Air Transport Facilitation Programme for the restart and Resilience of Civil Aviation implementation package (iPack).

iPack is a bundle of standardized guidance material, training, tools, and expert support which aims to facilitate and guide the implementation of ICAO provisions for State entities (e.g., Governments, Civil Aviation Authorities, National Air Transport Facilitation Committees), aviation service providers, supply chain stakeholders and their personnel.

On behalf of ICAO, Christian Bechtold, the Field Project Officer while thanking participants of the Zoom Video Conference, revealed that this was the first iPack to be rolled out within the sub-region. He disclosed that the Project Expert would work with the SLCAA on how to address these components according to the specifics of the need’s analysis.

“Let me further inform you that there are three main components of iPack: Facilitation training, Documentations which will be made available to the SLCAA team, and the Implementation support,” he said.

“The expert is there to provide recommendations to the State during the iPack implementation, the SLCAA will in turn work on these recommendations and make the different changes that are suggested. Successful implementation of the iPack will depend greatly on SLCAA’s ability to follow these recommendations,” he underscored.

He continued on the roles and responsibilities: “The main work will be done between the Expert and the CAA with contacts of the different activities. Technical support will also be provided by the ICAO Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal.”

Christian ended by noting they were going to review the need’s analysis questionnaire that had been developed by the SLCAA. Based on the outcome of the review, he furthered, the Regional Officer together with the Facilitation Officer from ICAO Headquarters would determine which objectives they had to focus on to prioritize the iPack deliverables.

Representing the SLCAA Director-General, the Director of Aviation Security and Facilitation, Kugbei Tucker stated that SLCAA considered the iPack implementation programme very much important, adding that the State had put together the National Air Transport Facilitation Programme Committee which had been in existence for five years.

“At the Airport level, we also have the facilitation committee and they meet regularly to look at concerns from the travelling public, but with the emergence of COVID-19, we must have an integrated approach to see how best we can collaborate as stakeholders in the Aviation Industry,” Director Tucker explained during the Video Conference.

Director Tucker ended that SLCAA welcomes the idea and cannot wait to see the start of the implementation of this programme.

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