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Minister Molifhi's Speech at the  Signing of letters of Agreement on Aviation.
Minister Molifhi's Speech at the Signing of letters of Agreement on Aviation.

REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA.

SPEECH BY HON. NONOFO E. MOLEFHI M.P,

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS

AT THE SIGNING OF LETTERS OF AGREMENT ON CIVIL AVIATION SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS IN BOTSWANA AND ZAMBIA.

03 MAY 2012

Gaborone

REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA

The Zambian Minister for Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Honourable Yamfwa D. Mukanga

Permanent Secretaries from our respective Ministries in Botswana and Zambia.

Chairpersons and Board Members of Civil Aviation Authorities of Botswana and Zambia.

Chief Executive Officers of Civil Aviation Authorities from Botswana and Zambia

Heads of Department from the two Ministries

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

We have met today as Ministers responsible for Aviation in Botswana and Zambia  to sign on behalf of our respective Governments the Letters of Agreement on the Search and Rescue for Aircraft in distress, in terms of Article 25 of the Chicago Convention of 7th December 1944. 

A 2006 audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation found that Botswana did not have Search and Rescue Agreements with her neighbours, save for one with South Africa, signed  in 2005.

By signing these Letters of Agreement, Botswana and Zambia are committing themselves to the provision of assistance to each other in the event that aircraft from any of our countries requires any type of assistance.  

In conclusion Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to assure you of Botswana’s commitment to your aircraft in accordance with Annex 12 of the Chicago Convention, which Botswana ratified on 28 December 1978.

We will do so in accordance with Section 40 of the Civil Aviation Act of 2011 which empowers the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana to direct and coordinate Search and Rescue services in the country.   

The Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana is expected to liaise with counterparts in Zambia to establish Joint Technical Teams whose responsibility will be to effectuate Search and Rescue operations in our two sisterly countries. 

There will be a need for periodic reports to be made to Governments, through Ministers responsible for aviation to ensure adherence to standards and procedures of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. 

It is not meet that any country in Southern Africa is referred to the Audit Results Review Board of ICAO, as the situation has been with Botswana because she does not have Search and Rescue Protocols with neighbours.

Just as we remained united in our fight against apartheid, the illegal occupation and civil wars in our countries, we must remain united in ensuring aviation safety and security in Southern Africa. It is crucial that we do so.

Thank you for your attention.

PULA                             PULA                       PULA

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