The Bureau and the Secretariat of AFCAC have the honour to inform AFCAC member States, International Organizations, States Partners and all Stakeholders that Mr. Tefera Mekonnen TEFERA, has been elected the new Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).
Mr. Tefera’s election as the new Secretary General of AFCAC was announced on December 3, 2018 at the 29th AFCAC Plenary (Extraordinary) in Livingstone, Zambia.
The new AFCAC Secretary General is replacing the former Secretary General, Ms. Iyabo Sosina whose tenure ended in January 2018 and was temporarily replaced by an Interim Secretary General, Mr. Papa Atoumane Fall.
The election of the new Secretary General is expected to give stimulus to the execution of AFCAC’s Constitutional mandates, more importantly, the full operationalization of the Executing Agency (EA) of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) and establishment of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) at Continental level.
As the specialized Agency of the African Union responsible for Civil Aviation matters in Africa, the mission of AFCAC is to facilitate cooperation and coordination among African States towards the development of integrated and sustainable Air transport systems, foster the implementation of ICAO SARPs and the development of harmonized rules and regulations consistent with the best international practices in civil aviation. Until the election, Mr. Tefera was the Director of Air Transport, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) responsible for Air Transport, Aviation Security & Facilitation and Environmental protection.
Prior to joining AFCAC, he had eight years of experience working as the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada.
During his tenure as Representative to ICAO, Mr. Tefera was actively engaged in the works of the Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI) Group at ICAO and in sensitizing States through his effective participation in the development of the draft Common African Aviation Policy (AFCAP), the Abuja Safety Declaration and the AFI Aviation Security and Facilitation (SECFAL) Initiatives.
Mr. Tefera’s extensive professional experience in civil aviation spans over 36 years, with increasing responsibility during his services at the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), where he started as Air Traffic Controller and later, Air Transport Officer and subsequently, Head of Air Transport. Mr. Tefera had also served as Director General of the ECAA prior to his appointment as Representative of his country to ICAO.
Mr. Tefera is holder of a Bachelor of Arts and Economics degrees from the Addis Ababa University and Diplomas in Air Traffic Control Services, Diplomatic Training at UNITAR, Senior Aviation Management at the International Aviation Management Training Institute, IAMTI, Montreal; Transport Regulation for Anglophone Africa, The World Bank Institute, among others.