Montreal (HAN) June 24, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Aviation Security News this week- The Somalia Federal aviation minister Ali Ahmed Jangali has held a diplomatic dialogue ranging with high ranking official from the international aviation agency (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada.
According to Geeska Afrika Online archives, December 4, 2014: The Federal Government of Somalia and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) signed an agreement officially commencing the implementation of the transition program that will transfer full control of Somali airspace to the Government of Somalia. The agreement was signed on December 4, 2014 and was attended by the Minister of Transportation and Civil Aviation Said Jama Mohamed (Qorshel) and Secretary General of ICAO Raymond Benjamin.
The current Federal minister Ali Ahmed Jangali met with president of the ICAO Alumuyiwa Bernard, general secretary Dr. Fang Liu and the outgoing general secretary Raymond Benjamin, and Minister Jangali gave them an update about the current Somalia aviation security and safety issues in Mogadishu. Minister Jangali diplomatically show that Somalia aviation has lost much treasured experts to terror attacks in the capital signaling the challenging situation they are working under. Minister Jangali also made a point the significance of transferring the air control operation to Somalia so that the government could fully take ownership and accountable for the country’s airspace.
The Somali airspace has been under the control of United Nation’s Civil Caretaker Aviation Authority for Somalia known as CACAS since 1996 in Nairobi, Kenya. The UN Agency CACAS signed last year December to handover the airspace control to Somalia Federal government in Mogadishu, but this is yet to be done for lack of necessary facilities and skilled staff in Somalia. According to the Somali government, CACAS generates $6 to $7 million dollars annually from Somalia of over-flight fees; this could be much needed injection to suffering budget for the Somali government. Minister Ali Ahmed Jangali on the other hand raised the issue of wrangles between federal government and semi-autonomous region of Somaliland over the control of airspace, and urged that this should not be politicized.
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