The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment has financed a program to improve aviation safety in the East African Community (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda). In 2012, the program’s main areas of focus where the optimization of air navigation services and aeronautical information management as well as the improvement of the safe use of airports concentrated on airside safety, apron planning and rescue and firefighting training. Through participating organizations, the program also contributed to maturing safety management systems in the African region, focusing on safety policy and objectives as well as safety promotion components.
Another area of focus is the improvement of aviation safety in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands where several missions were conducted by the Ministry to the Civil Aviation Authorities of Curaçao and Sint Maarten to improve their organization and develop regulations and procedures for civil aviation. The Ministry also organized training sessions on Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) focused on inspectors’ training and SAFA awareness for the local operators in Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Aruba.