KCAA To Digitize Aviation Services By June, New Rule-making Process To Take Effect
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has said that 80% of the Authority’s services will be digitalized by June 2023. This is according to the Director General Emile Arao who said this is part of the drive to collaborate on innovations that will enhance operational efficiency in aviation.
Reignforcing the bid to digitize services in the industry that was previously marred by bureaucracy and red tape, Mohamed Daghar, PS for Transport, said the government is committed to ensuring improvement in the aviation sector. This, Mr. Mohammed said is to enhance the sector’s safety and security through technology.
KCAA has also said it is interested in building capacity especially for youth in aviation which will be done by increasing investment in UAS to collectively grow the aviation sector. Among key issues discussed during the consultative forum that convened leaders in government and civil aviation stakeholders was the new rule-making process that is aimed at improving synergies between the regulator and operators in the industry. According to stakeholders present, the move is also aimed at improving the country’s aviation industry and its contribution to economic growth.
The Kenya Association of Air Operators (KAAO) has commended the proposed enhanced industry engagement rule making process between the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and stakeholders in the industry. KAAO which has for years been calling for an inclusive engagement process between the different industry stakeholders termed the first Aviation Thought Leaders Forum, since creation of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, as a step in the right direction. The association said this inclusive engagement could lead to extra benefits for the air transport industry that will do away with lack of transparency and accountability.
“This engagement is a progressive move that will allow better engagement between KCAA and stakeholders, reducing friction that has existed for years. The outcome of the process should reduce surprises in regulations and amendments and simplify oversight by the regulator,” said Mbuvi Ngunze – Chairman, Kenya Association of Air Operators.
At the meeting KAAO members pointed out red tape was rife in the KCAA processes (Certificate of Airworthiness renewal, AOC/AMO/ATO certificate renewal and aircraft inclusion). KAAO members also took the government to task over the continued dilapidated infrastructure calling for increased investment in the sector. KAAO also called on the government to reinvest revenue collected from the sector to develop, improve and maintain the existing infrastructure.
“Governments around the globe have become more innovative in funding large aviation infrastructure projects through different financing mechanisms. The government should focus on investment in infrastructure that is both strategic and revenue generating” Liz Aluvanze – CEO Kenya Association of Air Operators commented.
The industry noted with appreciation the move towards automation of the KCAA processes, a move that will increase efficiency and transparency.
“The government has prioritised the delivery of services to all Kenyans including the aviation sector and as a Ministry we promise improved and efficient services going forward. We have heard your concerns, but as witnessed by this important forum, we are willing to come in as partners with the stakeholders as aviation is one of the biggest contributors to GDP and without which other areas such as tourism and trade cannot flourish,” Mohamed Daghar – PS Transport.