Namibia passes ICAO security audit

06 Dec 2018 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia has passed the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) universal security audit, although several deficiencies were detected which require corrective action.
This was announced by Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa here Thursday during a media briefing on Cabinet decisions.
Namibia scored 75 per cent because there were 126 out of 480 protocol questions that were not satisfactorily answered during the audit, which took place from 19 to 28 November 2018.
Namibia was the first country to be audited under Amendment 16 of the United Nations (UN) convention on international civil aviation.
ICAO is a specialised agency of the UN charged with coordinating and regulating international air travel.
The convention establishes rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety and details the rights of the signatories in relation to air travel. It also exempts air fuels in transit from double taxation.
ICAO said in its preliminary report that minor improvements were required under legislation in order to include the latest amendments. There is also a need to develop a robust risk assessment methodology to ensure that all security measures at the airport are risk based.
The report further recommended that all staff at the Hosea Kutako International Airport be adequately trained and that screeners should be certified.
The screening of passengers, baggage and cargo should be improved and all airport operators should improve; while the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) should provide guidance and review checklists in order to cover all aspects of the implementation of the NCAA Security Programme.
The main report is expected in January 2019 (60 days after the end of the audit). However, Namibia should start working on the Corrective Action Plan using the preliminary report and correct the deficiencies detected.