The steering committee for Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) airspace integration project is meeting in Kigali to review terms of reference for consultancy services which will undertake studies for the project implementation.
The meeting which runs from July 17-18th 2014 kicked off in Kigali at Top Tower Hotel, and officially opened by Rwanda’s Minister of Trade and Industry, François Kanimba
The meeting brings on board experts from the East African community (EAC), Egypt, Madagascar, and Sudan and officials from host country Rwanda.
Rwanda takes the lead in the implementation of this project, after the heads of state nominated it to champion the steering committee and act as the focal country to oversee the project development.
Minister Kanimba said that “this is an opportunity for Rwanda to showcase its ability to manage such a complex project on the continent and once implemented well, Rwanda stands a chance of hosting the airspace control center project”
Apparently, a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) comprising of technical experts will be permanently and strategically located in Kigali. The unit was established in 2011 following the signing of an agreement between the secretariat and Government of Rwanda the same year.
Dr. Abu Sufian Dafalla, the Comesa Director of infrastructure airspace project will deepen regional integration through creating a unified single air space control framework.
Approximately US$10million has been solicited by the COMESA secretariat from the African development bank to implement the airspace integration project as part of AfDB’s mandate to support Africa’s infrastructure development.