The High-Level Conference on the Improvement of Search and Rescue (SAR) Services in Africa was organized by the Banjul Accord Group Avaition Safety Oversight Organisation (BAGASOO) under the aegis of the African Union Commission (AUC) and in cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Lomé, Togo from 10-12 April, 2017.
The High-level SAR Conference was attended by 229 participants from 35 African States, Singapore and 6 International Organizations.
The main objective of the High-Level Conference on SAR was to sensitize decision makers in African States on the need among others to establish and/or maintain effective SAR services, and provide an opportunity for the building of cooperation between the States.
In this regard, Templates of SAR Memorandum of Understand (MOU) and SAR Letters of Agreement (LoAs) developed by the SAR Technical Experts Teams set up by ICAO, have been endorsed by the High-level Conference.
Bringing together the decision makers of SAR Services on the continent, the High-level SAR Conference was a forum to raise awareness at the highest level and to obtain the commitment of States to implement the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of Annex 12 of the Chicago Convention.
Furthermore, the High-level SAR Conference adopted the BAGASOO SAR Support Project and directed BAGASOO to coordinate with ICAO in order to avoid duplication of efforts with the Search and Rescue (SAR) Organization project of the Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa (AFI Plan).
The Adoption of a Declaration and an Action Plan for the improvement of the provision of SAR Services in Africa was one of the other outcomes of the Conference.