In order to eliminate safety deficiencies and enhance aviation safety in the AFI Region, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) with the technical support of ICAO started the implementation of the AFI-Cooperative Inspectors Scheme, the AFI-CIS project.
The AFI-CIS was established through the creation of a pool of available and qualified inspectors selected from within the AFI Region to assist AFI States in resolving their safety oversight deficiencies and as the case may be, their Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) particularly with respect to certification and surveillance. With the expansion of the AFI Plan to cover AGA and ANS, the AFI-CIS Programme’s scope has also been expanded to cover these areas.
The Scheme is also aimed at closing many of the gaps identified by the gap analyses carried out under the AFI Plan. The implementation of the AFI-CIS has provided AFI States with access to a pool of qualified and experienced Safety Inspectors that will assist in the resolution of many of the safety related deficiencies and significant safety concerns. This would therefore facilitate the removal of AFI States from the MARB list. The program is implemented consistent with the AFI-CIS Policy & Procedures Manual.