Beyond the Pandemic: Collaborating for Safe and Sustainable Operations – A CANSO Operations and Safety Workshop

As the impact of the global pandemic becomes more manageable, it is time for Africa’s regional experts in Air Traffic Management safety and operations to meet in person again, to discuss and agree on the way forward for safe and sustainable operations.

In the last two years, CANSO Africa members have spent a significant amount of time using virtual platforms to share information, exchange lessons and assist one another in maintaining safe and sustainable operations. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised new questions for the ANSPs and the Industry at large, including:

  • What will we need to do differently to ensure safe operations?
  • What will change in our operational environment?
  • How do we enhance safety while providing efficient operations for airspace users?
  • What are the future focus areas for the workgroups?
  • What can the safety and operations workgroups achieve together?
  • How do we collaborate with other agencies and partners?

CANSO Members agreed that, in 2022, there was a need for a face-to-face meeting where ideas can be exchanged and full workout sessions can take place with clarity of positions, conclusions and action plans.

Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) agreed to host the workshop. The regional experts and workgroup members were invited to this in-person workshop from 9-12 May 2022 in Lusaka, Zambia.

Our event, which is aimed primarily at CANSO Member organisations and those who are part of CANSO Africa‘s Safety and Operations programmes, will be a structured back-to-back workshop for the workgroup members. The workshop will allow the two workgroups to identify and share synergies during the opening plenary session, explore their plans and objectives in more detail using breakaway sessions, and consolidate their individual and joint conclusions in a closing plenary. While the organisers will make every attempt to provide hybrid arrangements for the plenary sessions, workgroup members are strongly encouraged to attend in person, as the breakout sessions on day two will not be covered virtually.

Our programme

Day one – 9 May

08:00-09:00: Arrival and Registration, foyer

09:00 – 10:15: Welcome Address and Setting the Scene

Facilitator: Ariel Phiri, Director ANS Zambia Airports Corporation Limited


  • Thabani Myeza: Regional Director, Africa Affairs
  • Loise Mwangi: The Safety Perspective – Why are we here
  • Jeoffrey Matshoba: The Operations Perspective

Official Opening Addresses

  • Address from Director of Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (TBC)
  • Address from Zambia Ministry Official (TBC)
  • Address from ICAO representative (TBC)
  • Maggie Kaunda, Acting Managing Director Zambia Airports Corporation Limited

10:15-10:45: Networking Break

10:45 – 13:00: Global Perspective

  • Scott Leis, CANSO Operations Programme Manager – Update on Global Operations Work, Current and Emerging Trends and Challenges
  • Bill Middleswart, CANSO Safety Programme Manager – Update on Global Safety Work, Current and Emerging Trends and Challenges
  • Q & A: Moderated by Loise Mwangi

Collaboration, Finding Synergies

  • How Operations and Safety can work together
  • Panel: Loise Mwangi, Jeoffrey Matshoba, William Amoako, Mamadou MBODJI

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00 Feedback from Safety and Operations Webinars in 2021 and presentations on workgroup Workplans for 2022

  • Loise Mwangi: Safety WG Chair
  • Jeoff Matshoba: Ops WG Chair
  • Task Force Chairs-
    • William Amoako
    • Daniel Bateeze
    • Simon Zwane

Facilitator: Thabani Myeza, CANSO Director Africa Affairs

Briefing on the breakaway session:

  • Safety – William Amaoko
  • Operations – Simon Zwane

15:00-15:30: Networking Break

15:30-16:00: Summary of the day and Closing

  • Thabani Myeza: Regional Director

Day two – 10 May

09:00-10:00: Workgroup and Task Force Leadership Debrief

10:00-10:30: Networking Break

10:30-13:00: Breakaway Sessions

Safety workgroup
Chair: Loise Mwangi
Deputy Chair: William Amoako
Focus on Peer Review Mechanism
·        Update from Lome (Togo) meeting
·        Emerging Issues
·        Recent directives from ICAO
·        Refocusing our Momentum
·        How do we move forward?
·        Targets for next period/s
·        Other Stakeholders
·        Priorities
·        What happens next
·        Assistance needed
Focus on Cyber Security & Resilience
·        2021 Activity Recap
·        How do we move forward?
·        Collaboration with ICAO
·        Key Stakeholder linkages
·        Align with our work plan
·        Priorities
·        What happens next
·        Assistance needed
Working Together (Safety & Ops) – Refining the Synergies and Priorities
Operations workgroup
Chair: Jeoffrey Matshoba
Chair: Daniel Bateeze
Deputy Chair: Moses Wabomba
Task Force Leads
Task Force (Focus Areas)
·        Work Plan implementation
·        Work breakdown allocation
·        Work plan implementation progress (SWIM & RPAS)
·        Emerging issues
·        Regional discussions (ICAO, etc.)
·        Refocusing our Momentum (ATFM)
·        Aligning with Regional ICAO (ATFM)
·        Sharing the lessons from TCAA CDM implementation (ATFM)
·        Building from 2021 Webinar (SWIM & RPAS)
·        Priorities and refine Targets for 2022
·        What do we do next?
·        What assistance do we need?

Working Together (Safety & Ops) – refining the Synergies and Priorities.

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00: Breakaway sessions continue

15:00-15:30: Networking Break

15:30-16:30: Consolidate inputs at Task Force Level and Feedback to each WG

16:30 -17:00: Summary of the day and Closing – Thabani Myeza, Regional Director

Day three – 11 May

09:00-09:15: Recap of day 2 and outline of day 3 deliverables

  • Thabani Myeza, Regional Director

09:15-10:30: Breakaway sessions- Safety and Operations Workgroups

10:30-11:00: Networking Break

11:00-13:00: Plenary Session: Safety workgroup report back

  • Presenter: Loise Mwangi, Safety WG Chair

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:00: Plenary Session : Operations workgroup report back

15:00-15:30: Networking Break

15:30-16:30: Discuss any possible input and positions for the APIRG 25

  • Facilitators: Loise Mwangi and Jeoff Matshoba

16:30 -17:00: Summary of the day and Closing

  • Thabani Myeza, Regional Director

18:00-20:00: Closing Dinner

Day four – 12 May

09:00-10:00: Recap of day 2 and outline of day 3 deliverables

10:00-11:00: Report back /Way forward/Closing Statement

11:00-11:30: Networking Break

11:30-13:00: Closing Remarks

  • Ariel Phiri, Director ANS Zambia Airports Corporation Limited
  • Thabani Myeza, Regional Director, Africa Affairs
  • Hamza Johari, Chair AFC3 & DG TCAA (TBC)

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Event Details

9 – 12 May 2022 @ 09:00 to 17:00

Lusaka, Zambia

Sarovar Hotel.


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