CANSO Africa Conference 2022 – Full Programme

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Here is the detailed programme for our CANSO Africa Conference 2022, 5-9 September, King Fahd palace Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.

Monday 5 September – Arrival and Aireon Workshop

10:30–13:00AFC3 Meeting
14:30–15:00Welcome Coffee
15:0017:30Delivering Safety, Efficiency, and Sustainability via ADS-B Data for the African Airspace, presented by Aireon
Aireon and its partners in Africa will provide a description of the safety, efficiency, and environmental benefits of deploying space-based ADS-B data services in African airspace. Additionally, Aireon will demonstrate some new products and capabilities, including data for Air Traffic Flow Management and its global SAR aircraft location services.
Peter Cabooter, Vice President of Customer Affairs, Aireon
Peter Cabooter is Aireon’s Vice President of Customer Affairs, leading Aireon’s program to support existing customers and develop new relationships with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP).
Cabooter joins Aireon with an extensive background of over 17 years in managing and directing sales within the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, with a strong knowledge-base and awareness of key issues that affect the aviation industry globally.
Before joining Aireon, Cabooter was the Vice President of Customer Affairs for NavBlue (formerly Airbus ProSky), where he managed the customer affairs teams in Toulouse, Dubai and Beijing. Cabooter previously served as NavBlue’s Regional Director of Customer Affairs, where he managed portfolios towards civil aviation authorities, airports and airlines with a supporting role to the customer affairs team for Air Traffic Management related matters.
Prior to his roles at NavBlue, Cabooter was the Sales Director for Barco Orthogon, which is now a part of Harris.
Michele Carandente,, Deputy Vice President Air Traffic Services, Aireon
Michele Carandente has been involved with Aireon from the very beginning of its creation. Before that he worked at ENAV, the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider, in the International Strategies directorate following future CNS/ATM infrastructures for 10 years. Before joining ENAV, Michele worked in the UK in maritime business. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer and Networking Engineering with a specialization in ATC systems. He has also attended training sessions at the ENAV Academy on ATC and participated at several EUROCONTROL safety certification courses. He has been involved in ICAO’s surveillance panel as full member, representing Italy.
19:00-21:00Welcome Reception

Tuesday 6 September – Conference day one

08:00-17:00Conference Exhibition

Opening Session

Confirmed speakers
Simon Hocquard
, Director General, CANSO
Hamza Johari, Chair AFC3, Director General TCAA
Thabani Myeza, Director Africa Affairs, CANSO (facilitator)
10:15-11:15Road to Recovery – Industry Views and Expectations from Seamless Operation in the AFI Region
Global Harmonisation of operational standards and procedures is key to improving the safety and operational efficiency of air navigation service provision. ANSPs and associated stakeholders must take a leading role to develop safe and efficient seamless service provision. This session will listen to one leader from the Airspace user group talking about the Industry views and expectations for seamless ATM operations and also listen to the views and expectations from other aviation industry stakeholders.  
Abderahmane Berthe, Secretary General, African Airlines Association
Jorge Benchimol Duarte, CEO ASA, Cabo Verde
Ali Tounsi Secretary General ACI, Africa
Djamel Ait Abdelmalek, Regional VP North Africa and Middle East, IFATCA
Jules Faye- Regional Vice President AFI/WEST, IFALPA
Louis Bakienon, Director of Operations, ASECNA (Facilitator)
11:15-11:45Networking Break
11:45-12:45Regional Initiatives on Seamless Operations – Is this a Recovery Path for the Region and What are the Global Lessons?
The Global ATM Operational Concept endorsed by the 11th Air Navigation Conference held in ICAO in 2003, calls for and presents the ICAO vision of an integrated, harmonised and globally interoperable system and requires greater cooperation and collaboration within the ATM community.  Currently there are a growing number of initiatives destined to revolutionise the way air traffic management will be conducted. Programmes such as Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) in Europe and the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in the United States of America have set the stage for operations and systems development for the coming decades. The African Union Commission is working on an ambitious seamless African ANSP Architecture as a catalyst for the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).  This session will listen to ICAO and the African Union Commission (AUC) initiatives on seamless operations and their impact on the ANSPs, its aviation professionals, industry players, and continental aviation and trade.

Confirmed speakers
Matthew Pwajok,
Ag.Managing Director NAMA
Nozipho Mdawe ,CEO ATNS
Hamza Johari, Chair AFC3, Director General TCAA l (Facilitator)
12:45-13:15Update on CATS Global Council
Loise Mwangi, KCAA
14:15-15:15RPAS Harmonising the Regulations and Fuelling Growth for Africa
The demand for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) services is steadily increasing, with the potential to generate significant economic growth and societal benefits. However, the proliferation of RPAS operations brings about well-documented safety concerns, and Africa is no exception to this threat. Cases of proximity operation and near collisions have already been recorded. To mitigate the threat and realise this potential of this growing industry, there is a need to set up Unmanned Traffic Management for ANSPs to oversee a safe integration of RPAS into their existing Air Traffic Management Systems in their various airspaces.  

The operations of UTMs will enable complex RPAS operations with a high degree of automation to take place in all types of operational environments. The UTM integration must be flexible enough to encourage innovation, support the development of new businesses and facilitate the overall growth of the RPAS services market while properly addressing safety, efficiency, and proper utilisation of low altitude airspaces.

The session will outline the proposals on how to integrate UTMs into existing ATM Systems in the wake of traffic growth in the region. Rather than providing a definitive solution, this meeting will provide the basis to better define the way RPAS will and should operate in the region.

The session will cover topical discussion on 
Traffic growth
Merging UTM into existing ATM systems
Melissa Rusanganwa, ZIPLINE Regulatory Lead  – CASE Study, the Zipline Story
Panel Discussion-
Senam Atadja ,Senior Safety Inspector GCAA
Mamadou Mbodji ATS Senior Officer ASECNA
Matthew Pwajok, Ag.Managing Director NAMA
Zephania Sholobela Manager Air Traffic Services , ZACL
Kofi Kpodji, ATM/Airspace Planning Manager GCAA (Facilitator)
15:15-15:45Networking Break
15:45 – 16:45Highlights on Mombasa ATFM Program – Crafting the Way Forward
The implementation of the Mombasa ATFM Roadmap is aligned to ICAO as demonstrated by the APIRG Conclusion 24/43 which called for harmonised approach to ensuring seamless operations in Africa. States, ANSPs, and Industry Stakeholders who are not yet part of the program were encouraged to embrace the initiative and endeavour to participate in it.
In recent workshops CANSO members have highlighted the initial need to the develop the roadmap to assist ANSPs as they face many challenges including, but not limited to, fluctuating traffic demand, implementation of modern technology, and new entrants the airspace such as the unmanned aircraft and increasing automation.   
Members have started with initiatives that address these gaps and key lessons are becoming apparent not just from the Africa Region but from other regions as well. In this session we will hear from ANSPs on the status of ATFM implementation, challenges and their call for support.
Simon Zwane-
Senior Manager: ATM Planning & Research ATNS
Shukuru Nziku- Principal Air Traffic Services Operations TCAA
Zephania Sholobela, Manager Air Traffic Services ,ZACL
Kokouvi Atchrimi Manager of Aerodrome Operations-ASECNA 
Simon Zwane –Senior Manager: ATM Planning & Research, ATNS (Facilitator)
16:45-17:00Summary of the Day

Hamza Johari: Chair AFC3, Director General TCAA
19:00 – 22:00Conference Dinner

Wednesday 7 September – Conference day two

08:00-17:00Conference Exhibition
09:00-09:15Welcome and Day One Summary

Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
09:15-09:30UNICEF: Introducing the African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA)

Michael Scheibenreif, Regional African Drone & Data Academy Manager, UNICEF
09:30-10:30The Next Generation of ATM – Leap-frogging Technology in Africa, Infrastructure Sharing and other New Trends. What About the ASBU Framework?
As COVID-19 prompts a re-examination of digital transformation and a need to kickstart economies impacted by the lockdown, could Africa move towards better collaboration on infrastructure and general use of technology? The global demands on ANSP and ATM systems are not uniform. A single standard solution cannot and should not be imposed on regions that do not have the current or forecast traffic demands of a region requiring a comprehensive next generation system solution.
ANSPs do not operate in isolation and the future overall effectiveness and seamlessness of an evolving integrated global ATM framework depends on ensuring that adjacent ANSPs and their ATM systems are able to interoperate successfully. Consequently, for any collaborative global ATM system to be truly effective it is essential that all regions adopt and operate to an agreed and well defined enabling set of standards and procedures.
The implementation of ASBUs, along with initiatives like air traffic flow management (ATFM), collaborative decision-making (CDM) performance-based navigation (PBN), safety management systems (SMS) and runway safety, are key priorities for ANSPs in Africa. In line with ICAO recommendations, CANSO is therefore committed to advancing ASBU implementation by addressing regional challenges and finding workable solutions.
This discussion will take stock of where we are as the Africa Region, hear views on whether the ASBUs are appropriate for the next generation, learn about seamless operations and finally the Equipment Manufacturers will present on future technologies while aligning to the ASBU model.
Confirmed speakers
Moustapha Boukary Malam, Head Systems and Services, SatNav Africa JPO
Juan José Cornejo Fernández, INDRA
Flora Mwanshinga, Director Air Navigation Service TCAA (Facilitator)
10:30-11:00 Networking Break
11:00-12:00Implementation Status of the African ANSP Peer Review Mechanism – The Transition Phase, Beyond SMS
The Africa ANSP Peer Review Mechanism, as initiated in 2015, is set for a major shake up.

The Africa ATM Safety Peer Review initiative is a joint initiative between African air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to improve aviation safety across Africa. The initiative was launched in February 2015 following agreement between ICAO and CANSO on the need to address critical safety issues in ATM. It works by encouraging African ANSPs to work in partnership to assess safety management systems (SMS) and, in the future,  other ANS operational areas. It allows ANSPs to share experiences and learn about measures for improvement in safety and operational performance.
This panel will discuss the programme transition from a SMS focussed approach to an all encompassing ANS framework (incorporating the CANSO SoE on SMS and the ICAO Manual) and also provide recommendations of how other areas of air navigation including CDM, PBN and ASBU will be incorporated and implemented. The panel will also share views on the future structure of the Peer Review Mechanism.
Confirmed speakers
Boukari Abari Dan Bouzoua , SMS Senior Officer, ASECNA
William Amoako, Safety & Standards, GCAA
Richard Ruhesi, Director Air Navigation Services, UCAA
Ernesto Manhica, Director of Operations and Air Navigation ,Mozambique Airports
Loise Mwangi, CANSO Focal Point, KCAA (Facilitator)
12:00-13:00Fatigue Management and the Impact on Operational Teams
As we emerge from COVID-19 pandemic there are clear challenges around the areas of Fatigue and Fatigue Management. COVID may have pushed our protection barriers to their maximum and the aviation community needs to take stock of their staff members and put measures in place to protect their well being.
Given this complex environment, what kind of skills will the air traffic controller require? This last session of the conference will leave us thinking about what we need to do to ensure that our most important asset (our people) have the necessary skills and capacity to manage their well-being while ensuring airspace efficiency and safety.

Maggie Kaunda, Acting MD Zambia Airports Corporation Ltd
Matita Tshabalala, Human Factors Specialist, ATNS
Osman Saafan,  Global Chair CANSO Safety Steering Committee    
Christine Osoro, Chief ATM Officer, KCAA 
Mohamed Soumah, Secretary General/CEO, ROBERTS FIR
Bill Middleswart, Safety Programme Manager, CANSO
13:00-13:30Session 6    13:00-13:30
Summary and Closing Remarks
Simon Hocquard, Director General, CANSO
14:30-15:00Workshop Registration
15:00-17:00Safety Workshop – Fatigue Risk Management, Just Culture, and Critical Incident and Stress Management

Workshop 1: The Status of Fatigue Risk Management in Africa
Fatigue is an inevitable hazard in the aviation environment, especially in Air Traffic Control (ATC), Aircraft operations and maintenance, and many other professions, naturally degrading various types of human performance. It is defined in the Fatigue Management Guide for Air Traffic Service Providers as “A physiological state of reduced mental or physical performance capability resulting from sleep loss, extended wakefulness, circadian phase, and/or workload (mental and/or physical activity) that can impair a person’s alertness and ability to adequately perform safety related operational duties”, ANSPs provide 24 hour service, thus their personnel, including air traffic controllers and engineers are required to work on shift including at night, where fatigue is experienced most. Fatigue arises from a variety of causes, and it is important that these professionals understand and appreciate these causes, its effects and how it can be mitigated to maintain the required safety.It is essential that air traffic controllers, pilots, maintenance engineers, and others understand the potential risks associated with fatigue and how these can be managed.

ATC requires consistently good human performance, including strong planning, good situation awareness, sound decisions, etc. As a controller, technician or engineer becomes more fatigued, the risk of performance impairment will be increased and ultimately can compromise their ability to carry out their tasks safely. Many other factors can lead to, or increase fatigue in these professionals, and all needs to be managed effectively.

Fatigue Management provides a structured method to address the safety implication of fatigue.

The objective of this workshop is to create awareness among aviation industry practitioners about fatigue management’s requirements, the solutions, and guidelines as well as the benefits of implementing fatigue management in African ANSPs. The workshop will also cover Just Culture (with focus on developing an open and effective reporting culture) and Critical Incident Stress Management. Senior Management is encouraged to attend.

Theo de Jong, Senior Aviatio Consultant, To70
Rogier Hendriks – To70
Christine Baaijens – To70
Loise Mwangi, CANSO Focal Point, KCAA, and Chair, CANSO Safety Workgroup
William Amoako, Deputy Chair, CANSO Safety Workgroup
19:00 – 21:00Closing Dinner

Thursday 8 September – Conference day three: Workshops

08:00-16:00Conference Exhibition
09:00-10:00Fatigue Risk Management – Status of Fatigue Risk Management in Africa
09:00-09:40: Recap of previous day session with Loise Mwangi and William Amoako
09:40-10:00 Presentation by MITRE
10:00-10:30Networking Break
10:30-12:30Workshop 2: Safety Workshop – Just Culture
Matita Tshabalala , Human Factors Specialist ATNS, (Facilitator)
13:30-15:30     Workshop 3: Safety Workshop – Critical Incident Stress Management
Matita Tshabalala , Human Factors Specialist ATNS, (Facilitator)
15:30-16:00Summary and Closing Remarks

Friday 9 September

Gorée Slave Island Day Trip

Off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar, Gorée was, from the 15th to the 19th century, the largest slave trade centre on the African coast. Alternately under Portuguese, Dutch, English and French rule, its architecture is characterised by the contrast between the dark slave quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. The island of Gorée remains a symbol of human exploitation and a sanctuary for reconciliation.

The Island of Gorée bears witness to a human experience unprecedented in history and is the symbol of the slave trade with its procession of suffering, tears and death.

Located 3.5 km off the coast of Dakar, Gorée owes its singular destiny to its central geographical position between the North and the South, and its safe shelter for the anchorage of ships, hence its name of “Good Rade”.

As a result, since the 15th century, it has been an issue between various European nations, which successively used it as a stopover or as a slave market. As the first point of arrival of the ‘home pipelines’ that drained the slaves from the hinterland, Gorée was at the heart of the rivalries between European nations for the control of the slave trade.

Until the abolition of the slave trade in the French colonies, the island was a warehouse consisting of more than a dozen slaveries. Among the tangible elements that testify to the universal value of Gorée are the Castel, a rocky plateau covered with fortifications that dominates the island, and the Relais de l’Espadon, the former residence of the French governor.

Today, Gorée is a pilgrimage for the entire African diaspora, a focal point for contact between the West and Africa and a space for exchange and dialogue between cultures through the ideals of reconciliation and forgiveness.

We hope you will be able to join us for this insightful, challenging, and moving tour.

Practical information

Confirmation of timing and transportation will follow shortly.

Please bring a photo ID with you to board the boat to the island.

Please also bring an umbrella or raincoat as September is rainy season in Senegal.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as there will be a lot of walking as we tour the island.

Please confirm your place on the tour by Tuesday 6 September, with the ASECNA team at the conference tour desk. You can do this when you pick up your registration on Tuesday morning.

Deadline to book and confirm your place is Tuesday 6 September. Please confirm your spot on the tour with the ASECNA team at the conference tour desk.