EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Equatorial Guinea off ICAO blacklist.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Equatorial Guinea off ICAO blacklist.


13.03.2017-Malabo/ On 15th March, the Minister for Aviation, Fausto Abeso Fuma, announced to the Chamber of Deputies that Equatorial Guinea was coming off the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) blacklist.

 Fausto Abeso Fuma appeared voluntarily before the Chamber of Deputies on 15th March, to report fully on the favourable results that his ministry has obtained in the latest ICAO audit of our country, from 12th to 16th December last year, and from 7th to 14th February this year.

 These safety audits carried out by the ICAO are designed to check the level of compliance with operational safety standards. Equatorial Guinea was audited in May 2007, and only obtained a result of 10.86% effective compliance with international standards.

 From 2012, the Government has been working to overhaul the National Civil Aviation system, with the approval of the new law governing this issue; the creation of the Aeronautical Authority; the creation of a governing ministry; the training of teams; the creation of regulations and procedures; the assessment of operators, and the carrying out of inspections at all levels; actions which have raised the level of compliance with all international standards to 44.04% in September 2015, and 62.68% in the month of February.

 With this score, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has reached the highest average required globally for Civil Aviation safety. Our country has left the ICAO blacklist, and is now comparable with countries with a high degree of civil aviation development, recognition which is valid for all nations in the world.

 Abeso Fuma considers that this score, which is the highest in the subregion, is in compliance with the mandate by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in 2012, marking the inauguration of the Boeing 777 which made our country a benchmark in Central Africa in particular, and in the world in general, in relation to compliance with ICAO regulations.

 Civil Aviation in Equatorial Guinea is no longer a utopia or science fiction, but a reality, asserted the Government member, underlining that with this ICAO report his department will go to the European Union to request that they are coherent with respect to international agreements, by taking our country off their famous blacklist in order that our airlines can operate in European countries.

 Abeso Fuma read before the entire chamber the letter sent by the ICAO General Secretary, Fang Liu, congratulating our country on the results, and introduced the deputies to the experts, both national and international, who in various areas have contributed to this process, thanking the Head of State for his physical involvement in this relevant project.

 He also expressed words of thanks to the people's representatives for the huge support provided for his ministry, proposing to continue working so that every passenger feels safe on board an aircraft, and arrives safely at their destination.

 After presenting the report, Abeso Fuma received applause from the three parliamentary groups.

 Finally, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Gaudencio Mohaba Messu, congratulated the minister and his collaborators for these positive results.

 Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office.

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