US TRANSPORTATION SECURITY AGENCY HOLDING REGIONAL FORUM FOR AFRICA IN ADDIS

ADDIS ABABA–The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is holding a Regional Industrial Summit for Africa with the aim of finding strategic solutions to the security of air transportation.

The TSA Regional Director for Africa and Middle East, Jason E. Schwabel, said the summit, which began Tuesday, had brought together experts from the TSA to work with specialists from the region’s air carriers which fly directly to the United States.

We are grateful for the partnership with Ethiopia and we are also working to solve security problems as well as to better explain some of the TSA programmes and guidelines, Schwabel added.

Noting that Ethiopia and US had an excellent relationship, he said: We want to showcase that partnership and co-operation that we have in relation to security because we believe it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of.

The Acting Director for Corporate Security at Ethiopian Airlines, Gebremariam Haile, said the summit is the first of its kind to take place in Africa. It aims at safeguarding the aviation industry to provide the most effective transportation security in the most efficient ways.

Representatives of the participating air transportation organizations consider the summit as imperative because it deals with identifying the impediments, suggesting possible solutions and sharing experiences in addressing security issues.

Turkish Airlines Aviation Security Director, Recep Gurdal said that the summit is vital to exchange ideas and information from other Airlines and regulatory to combat issues of security including terrorists.

Africa, which a destination for many international flights, is improving in security measures, he noted, adding that with programmes such as this summit Africa will be better in the sector.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK