Multinational - Capacity Building Programme for the Supervision of Aviation Safety in West and Central Africa (COSCAP Programme)

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Apr 2005
Signature Date 19 May 2005
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2012
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2012
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21050
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 4,600,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The COSCAP Programme for the supervision of air safety in West and Central Africa (WCA) stems from the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision of 14 November 1999 on the liberalisation of the air transport markets in Africa, adopted by the OAU Heads of State and Government on 12 July 2000, in Lome (Togo). It is also one of the thrusts for reaching the “open and safe skies” goal of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s short term action programme (STAP) on Infrastructure formulated by the Bank at the request of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The COSCAP Programme enables WCA member States to jointly fulfil their contractual commitments under the Chicago Convention and vis-à-vis ICAO. It will focus on the application by the DCAs of the following Annexes of the Chicago Convention: (i) Annex 1 concerning air personnel licensing; (ii) Annex 6 concerning the aircraft operation; (iii) Annex 8 covers issues of airworthiness and (iv) Annex 14 relative to issues on aerodrome certification. Thus, uniform technical regulations will take effect, 18 regional inspectors recruited, trained and certified to start activities in the planned regional agencies, 100 national inspectors trained, inspection and supervision made regular and at least 10 international airports certified as category A1 by the FAA. By the year 2010, this programme should make it possible to halve air accidents caused by human error and technical deficiencies. The programme’s implementation will also help build the capacity of CEMAC, ECOWAS and WAEMU to prepare and monitor NEPAD’s infrastructure programmes. It will consolidate regional cooperation and economic integration through the participatory approach which partners all 23 member States for its implementation. Programme implementation will span about 37 months starting May 2005 through to June 2008 with a cost estimate net of taxes and custom duties, stands at UA 13.21 million.

Project Objectives

On the sectoral plane, the Programme will contribute to the improvement of civil aviation safety and the consolidation of the Yamoussoukro Decision for optimal integration of West and Central Africa (WCA) into the global air transport system. Specifically, the Programme aims at: (i) building the capacity of the DCAs in WCA for better aviation supervision; (ii) establishing uniform economic rules and technical regulations that comply with the ICAO standards and recommended practices with a view to improving the safety and efficiency of air transport; and (iii) reducing the overall costs of air transport.


The programme beneficiaries are the DCAs and the RECs of the WCA member States. Each of the 23 member States will obtain the rapid enhancement of its air safety supervision capacity (staff training and qualification of safety inspectors) at least cost. By receiving knowledge and technology transfer, civil aviation authorities will be able to further develop a culture of air transport safety and professionalism in the three regional agencies. The implementation of the Programme will strengthen CEMAC, ECOWAS AND WAEMU capacity to plan and monitor NEPAD infrastructure programmes. The Programme will contribute to training air transport regulators, operators and service providers.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Direction des Transports et Télécommunications pour le suivi du programme pour le compte de la CEMAC et de Sao Tomé et Principe/ CEMAC


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DA0-002
Last Update 02 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name N'GUESSAN Joseph Kouassi

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
18.31281 -4.83398 Western Africa
-2.02107 24.69727 Central Africa