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.