Areas of Expertise: Aviation Strategic Planning, Airport Development
Country: Africa: Botswana
Under Technical Assistance funding by ICAO / UNDP, LEAPP carried out a comprehensive review of the responsibilities, legal basis, functions, staffing, management, financial operations and management control systems of the Department of Civil Aviation. Inspections were undertaken of all civil aviation infrastructure owned and operated by the DCA throughout the country (airports, air navigation and telecommunications facilities, ATC and AIS units). From there, upgrading requirements and capital funding needs were determined and options for restructuring the Civil Aviation Department into a parastatal Authority, separated from government were also developed. The project defined all required regulatory and operational functions and responsibilities to ensure compliance with ICAO Annexes, staffing levels and grades, training programmes and implementation schedules. Analysis of the financial performance was undertaken, along with a review of rates and charges, and alternative financial control systems were proposed. In addition, a representative operating and capital budgets were prepared for the new authority and submitted to government.
As part of a broad study of civil aviation development, LEAPP professionals inspected all Botswana's national airports to identify deficiencies and requirements. This led to the definition of a programme designed to upgrade the airports based on a functional classification system.