The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a specialized United Nations agency responsible for ensuring that member States apply harmonized civil aviation Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) to facilitate the continued growth of aviation. Security and Facilitation are essential for the existence of civil aviation, and are key enablers of the rapidly developing global economy.
The African Aviation Security and Facilitation (AFI SECFAL) Plan was unanimously supported by States at the AFI Aviation Security Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on 28 May 2014. It was subsequently endorsed at the 24th Extraordinary Plenary Session of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), held from 1 to 4 July 2014 in Dakar, Senegal. During this Session, the AFI States further requested the Organization to approve the Plan as an ICAO programme.
The ICAO Council, in its 203rd Session, approved the AFI SECFAL Plan as an ICAO programme and requested that the Chairperson of the Steering Committee report periodically on the AFI SECFAL Programme activities and progress to the ICAO Council through the Secretary General. The overall objective of AFI SECFAL Plan is to enhance aviation security and facilitation in Africa in a sustainable manner.