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Ethiopia in better position to promote aviation safety: Authority

 Ethiopia in better position to promote aviation safety: AuthorityEthiopia stands in a better position to promote aviation safety and adherence to the conventions of international civil aviation standards, claims the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority. 

The statement came at a five-day Africa and Indian Ocean-Collaborative Scheme (AFI-CIS) Inspectors Orientation and Refresher Workshop kicked off on Monday in Addis Ababa.

Delivering speech at the event, Deputy Director-General of Aviation Regulation with Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Gobena Guangul, said Ethiopia is the first International Civil Aviation Organization's contracting state to volunteer for the safety overnight assessment in 1996 and the first country to benefit from the process.

Ethiopia is working to implement the recommendations on the safety and security of its aviation industry and the safety records of the country's national carrier is a manifestation to the success it has got, the deputy-director noted.

Mentioning challenges African aviation industry has faced in sustaining safety performances, Gobena indicated AFI-CIS's intent to creating qualified and experienced aviation safety inspectors in the continent.

Director of Safety and Technical Service with African Civil Aviation Commission, Atoumane Fall, on his part said Ethiopia's achievement in aviation safety is something worth sharing for other African countries.

The director stated that the Ethiopian Airlines stands in the lead among other African airliners to provide safe and secured flights for more than half a century.

African airliners need to work closer to avert the challenges they have faced in the aviation industry, he indicated, saying the workshop is beneficial in acquiring up-to-date information that ultimately improves the continent's aviation safety.

Flight inspectors from 15 African countries including Ethiopia are taking part in the workshop that is co-hosted by Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and African Civil Aviation Commission.