The African continent is important to U.S. economic, strategic, and foreign policy interests, and efforts have been made to improve commerce and connectivity to benefit the two regions. However, the continent has the highest aviation accident rate in the world, which has hindered progress. Recognizing the importance of improving aviation safety in Africa, the United States and the international aviation community have worked to improve aviation safety in Africa. This congressionally requested report discusses (1) challenges in improving aviation safety in Africa, (2) key U.S. efforts to improve aviation safety in Africa and the extent to which they address the identified challenges, and (3) international efforts to improve aviation safety in Africa. To address these issues, GAO synthesized literature and aviation safety data, interviewed federal officials, and visited four African countries.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Transportation||1. The Secretary of Transportation should lead a collaborative effort with the Administrator of FAA and the Secretary of State to reassess the SSFA program's goals and identify the level of budgetary and human capital resources necessary to achieve those goals, including identifying the implications of reduced resource levels on DOT's ability to achieve the program's goals.|
|Department of Transportation||2. The Secretary of Transportation should develop a comprehensive strategy to lead efforts to coordinate the governmentwide resources available to accomplish the SSFA program's goals.|