Getting Started

Rwanda becomes the first beneficiary state under the project to receive at no cost, technical assistance and training.

The IATA/AVSEC Global LTD team of experts started the provision of services to the State of Rwanda on Monday 3rd June 2013 starting by updating the preliminary Work Plan to confirm the propose actions and the assignment of the experts to the different technical tasks in order to enable the provision of effective technical assistance.

As part of the assistance programme, the team also carried out at this early stage, an assessment of the needs for specific aviation security training activities to be carried out during the last four (4) weeks at of the assignment.

The inception phase kicked-off with a successful initial contact meeting which was held in the premises of RCAA with Chief Aviation Security Inspector (CASI) Mr Seth Buhigiro. The IATA/AVSEC Global LTD Team Leader introduced the team of key experts and explained with a clear emphasis that the team mission is to provide assistance and not to conduct an audit of the implementation of AVSEC measures in Rwanda.

The commitment by Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority was further confirmed by the Director General Dr. Richard Masozera who together with the RCAA Director of Airports Unit, Mr Silas Udahemuka warmly welcomed the IATA/AVSEC Global LTD team during an introductory meeting in the Director General’s office on 4th June 2013.

Dr. Masozera welcomed the team and reiterated the importance of the project and reiterated the full cooperation of RCAA on behalf of the State of Rwanda.

Assessment of Kigali International Airport

Between 6th and 8th June 2008, an assessment of Kigali International Airport’s security system was done by the project team together with members of the appointed task force with the aim of identifying areas where the project would lay focus based on the deficient implementation of security measures identified.

This assessment was a therefore a team affair. Apart from the exercise being an assessment of the health of the security system, it presented an opportunity for the participants drawn from Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, Rwanda National Police, and Rwanda Defence Forces among other entities to learn in the process.

The result of this assessment became a very useful tool in driving the project implementation.

The findings of the assessment were a clear eye opener to the entire team and were positively embraced as radar for the successful implementation of effective security measures at airports in the state of Rwanda.

Pre-assessment briefing to the task force members by IATA/AVSEC Global Key Expert and Team Leader Mr. Brahim Lakhlifi.

Rwanda Consultative Workshops

A number of consultative workshops were held within the project in Rwanda involving the various stakeholders. Among them the First Stakeholders’ Workshop and AOC Workshop. Notable though was the final High Level Workshop involving top decision makers in key government ministries and departments. Crucial issues were deliberated on and high-level decisions were made. This high level involvement by the State of Rwanda was a clear demonstration of Rwanda’s commitment in improving Aviation Security.

Technical Assistance in Rwanda

The team provided six-week technical assistance to the State of Rwanda by reviewing, re-drafting or drafting afresh the following documents which were developed using the same template

  • National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP) including appendices/Guidance materials
  • Kigali International Airport (KIA) Airport Security Programme, including Appendixes, GM and SOPs  
  • National Civil Aviation Quality Control Programme (NCAQCP)
  • Aviation Security Inspectors’ Manual
  • Screener’s Certification Programme
  • National Civil Aviation Security Training Programme (NCASTP)
  • Kigali International Airport (KIA) Contingency Plan
  • Assessment report of Regulatory Framework
  • Advisory Technical Report
  • Kigali International Airport (KIA) site assessment & Corrective Action Plan Report
  •  Review and assessment of National Civil Aviation Security Committee (NCASC) and Airport Security Committee (ASC) Terms of Reference

Training Activities in Rwanda

Four weeks were set aside to conduct training activities based on training needs analysis carried out by the team.

Five training activities were planned for and implemented within four weeks as follows:

1.    Aviation Security Management
2.    Security Risk Assessment & Crisis Management Course
3.    Screening Workshop
4.    NCASP Workshop
5.    Kigali International Airport ASP Workshop

A total of 97 persons participated in the activities of the training programme in Rwanda

The instructors collectively determined that a large majority of participants to the five (5) training courses achieved success in their participation at 88.7% with the courses rated very highly by the participants during evaluation.