Multinational - Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) airspace integration project

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Sep 2010
Signature Date 24 Feb 2011
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21050
Commitment U.A 5,750,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project is a stand-alone African Development Fund (ADF) Technical Assistance Grant to Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Its formulation is part of the implementation of the Communication Navigation Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS / ATM) system in order to cope with the growing volume of air traffic worldwide and improve air traffic navigation safety. With this new system, Air Traffic Services from a single control center will cover large areas, thereby facilitating rationalization of investments in infrastructure and equipment. It consists mainly for the COMESA member states and the private sector to finance the regional CNS/ATM infrastructure and put in place the necessary legal, regulatory and institutional framework under which the system will be financed and operated. The project expected outcomes are: (i) An enabling legal and regulatory framework for a unified upper airspace in the COMESA Region; (ii) An adequate institutional framework for providing and regulating regional Air Traffic Services; and (iii) The conclusion of the PPP arrangements to finance, build and operate the regional CNS/ATM infrastructure.The expected total cost for this phase is UA 6.05 million. The Technical Assistance Grant from the Bank Group amounts to UA 5.75 million.

Project Objectives

The Sector Goal of the project is to provide safe, efficient air navigation services in a unified airspace to support trade, tourism and regional socio-economic integration in COMESA. The objectives of the Technical Assistance (TA) are: (i) to determine suitable legal and institutional requirements to establish a cooperative Regional Framework for a unified airspace in the COMESA region; (ii) to Prepare detailed analysis of strategic technical, financial, and operational options for the provision of upper airspace navigation services using CNS/ATM and make recommendation for implementation modalities; (iii) to build the partnerships needed for implementing the project and promote private sector participation in financing and operating regional air transport infrastructure and services.


The members of the civil aviation community in COMESA including Civil Aviation Authorities, Air Traffic Service Providers, airport operators, and airline companies are the key stakeholders who will be directly affected as a result of Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) implementation. But the benefits are not limited to the aviation community only; they will accrue to the community in general and air transport passengers and shippers in particular through lower prices and improved safety. Lower prices and improved safety will induce greater demand not only in activities closely related to air travel like tourism but also in manufacturing and agriculture.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa - Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (COMESA CNS/ATM)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DA0-003
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
27 30 Egypt
28.0 17.0 Libya
-2 30 Rwanda
16 30 Sudan
-3.5 30 Burundi
-2.5 23.5 DR Congo
15 39 Eritrea
1 38 Kenya
-12.23333 44.44553 Comoros
-20.3 57.58333 Mauritius