Preparing actors in the security chain to manage a security crisis

Published: Tuesday, 19 September 2023 19:17

The Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority Authority (CCAA) organized an awareness workshop for the partners and actors of the Yaoundé-Nsimalen International Airport on Monday, September 18, 2023, to enable them to respond effectively to a civil aviation security crisis.

Chaired by the Director General of the CCAA, Mrs Paule AVOMO ASSOUMOU KOKI, it was aimed to draw the attention of the various actors in the security chain of the airport platform to the need to be prepared at all times to manage the eventuality of a security crisis and to take their respective roles and responsibilities seriously in the implementation of security measures.

Madam Director General of the CCAA also reminded partners to avoid confusion that could be harmful on the ground and especially to always do everything possible to ensure a happy resolution of any crisis that occurred on their airport platform.
To this end, they were invited to develop and update their sectoral crisis management plan previously validated by the CCAA; and especially to ensure the availability of the necessary logistics at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for adequate security crisis management.
The CCAA plans to organize a partial security exercise next October at Yaoundé-Nsimalen International Airport. This exercise will test specific components of the security system. Such an exercise was last held on this platform in 2017.
The organization of this exercise is part of the planned supervision activities of the Cameroon Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA). Also, it aims to meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) contained in Standard 5.1.4 of Annex 17 and Annex 14 of the Chicago Convention.
These standards require states to regularly test their emergency plans and ensure that they are developed in the face of acts of unlawful intervention often perpetrated in civil aviation. 
By and large for the CCAA, it is about meeting the requirements and calmly preparing for the upcoming ICAO audit. The Director-General expressed satisfaction with the quality of the discussions that took place during this workshop. It is hoped that they will improve the implementation rate of the crucial elements of Cameroon’s national supervision system.
Translated by Mireille Galabe
Assistant Research Officer,
Public Relations Unit.