In August 2011, the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), a specialized agency of the AU, launched the AFI-CIS project with technical support from ICAO. The aim of AFI-CIS is to create a pool of qualified and experienced aviation safety inspectors from within the AFI Region to provide assistance to African States in addressing their safety oversight deficiencies. AFI-CIS is focused on States with Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) and with low effective implementation of safety-related standards. As of May 2013, 32 States and 2 RSOOs have joined the AFI-CIS scheme. 12 assistance missions have been conducted to 7 States. AFCAC has funded all the missions except one and coordinates with RSOOs to facilitate follow-up activities.
AFCAC also organizes, coordinates and hosts meetings, courses and seminars on aviation safety, human resources development, regional challenges and initiatives and capacity building. In collaboration with Nigeria and under the auspices of the African Union Commission (AUC), AFCAC organized the Ministerial Conference on Aviation Safety in Africa in July 2012 which adopted the Abuja Declaration that identified aviation safety targets and an action plan for Africa.