Technical Assistance Activities in Uganda
The provision of technical assistance and training services to the State of Uganda started on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.
During the first week, the project team held a kick-off meeting with the State’s Focal Point to introduce team members, provide an overview of the project and discuss the preliminary work plan. It also conducted the following activities:
i) Review of ICAO USAP Reports and associated documents.
ii) Review of national AVSEC regulations and programs.
iii) Review of the CAA AVSEC Unit organization structure and relationships.
iv) Evaluation of existing level of training, and training programs.
The project team also conducted an assessment to identify and define security vulnerabilities at Entebbe International Airport during an on-site visit to review the current security organization, systems and procedures, review documentation and interview key security managers and staff.
This vulnerability assessment included the review and analysis of the following:
i) Sensitive Airport Security Processes
ii) Security Layout
iii) Control and Inspection Procedures
iv) Security Plans, Manuals, Systems and Training Records
Following the collection and analyses of AVSEC related data (law, regulations, NCASP, NCASTP, NASQCP, ASPs, USAP Audit Reports and Corrective Actions Plans (CAP)), the team prepared a set of assessment reports and amended or developed the existing programmes, SOPs and guidance materials.
Starting in the second week the team held several meeting with relevant AVSEC stakeholders in Uganda such as the AOC, Joint Security Operations committee and the CAA legal department, and delivered technical assistance to assist the CAA in implementing USAP CAP and to improve compliance with Annex 17 and ICAO Doc. 8973- Aviation Security Manual - 8th Edition 2011 through the updating or enhancement of:
i) AVSEC legislation and regulations.
ii) National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP).
iii) National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programme (NCASQCP).
iv) National Civil Aviation Security Training Programme (NCASTP).
v) National Civil Aviation Security Screener Certification Programme
vi) National Security Committee terms of reference and functioning.
vii) CAA Security Inspectorate structure, responsibilities and duties.
viii) AVSEC Inspector’s Manual
ix) EIA Airport Security programme
x) EIA contingency plan
xi) Entebbe International Airport (EIA) Security Committee terms of reference and functioning.
xii) NCASC terms of reference and functioning.
Having assessed the NCASP and the EIA ASP it was decided to restructure some of these programmes in order to facilitate the dissemination of their relevant parts to the different stakeholders and to include guidance material as appendices in order to assist the operators and implementers in complying with the requirements set forth in the NCASP as well as in the EIA ASP.
Upon finalization of the assessment, a new edition of the NCASP and EIA ASP were drafted which complies with all the standards and recommended practices of Edition 9, Amendment 13 of Annex 17 and which includes the following guidance material:
- AVSEC document management
- Security of cargo, courier, express parcels and mail
- Security of cleaning stores and supplies
- Airport Security Programme template
- Aircraft Operator Security Programme guidance material
- Security of catering stores and supplies
- Airport tenant security programme template
- Handling of Unruly or disruptive passengers
- Security equipment performance and operating criteria
- Restricted articles and prohibited items
- Composition of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee and Airport Security Committee
- List of bilateral agreements
- General Aviation Security Programme template
- Model Clause on Aviation Security
- Guidance material for in-flight response to acts of unlawful interference
- Regulated Agent Programme
- List of Regulated Airports
- Maps and Plans
- Standard Operating Procedures ( 28)
- List, Directories and Other Forms
- Specimens of Airport Security Permits
- Subordinate and Related Programmes
- Copies of Legislation or Regulations
- AVSEC Document Management
- Handling of Unruly and Disruptive PAX
- Security Equipment Performance and Operating Criteria
Throughout the technical assistance phase the project team paid special attention to the integration of facilitation aspects into the AVSEC programs and documents it assessed, updated and/or developed. This important topic was also reinforced during the many meetings and work sessions with Staekeholders.