Namibia To Host Africa's Aviation HQ

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A new aviation organization will launch in Africa this week that aims to bring the continent's civil aviation standards to a par with those of Europe and the U.S., AllAfrica reported on Wednesday. The new African Civil Aviation Agency (Afro-CAA) will have its headquarters in Namibia, and its staff will work to establish common technical standards and safety regulations for the continent. Mwangi waKamau, who will be the first CEO of the agency, is from Kenya, but lobbied to base the agency in Namibia. "The good transport infrastructure in Namibia and its location, which is within easy reach of other countries, make it ideal to host the headquarters," he said at a press conference. The agency will be officially launched on Thursday. Five regional offices of Afro-CAA will also be established -- in South Africa for the southern African region, Nigeria for West Africa, Cameroon for Central Africa, Ethiopia for East Africa and Libya for North Africa. The agency will work to equip all African airports with air traffic control, radar and communications equipment by 2010. Namibia is just north of South Africa, along the continent's southwest Atlantic coast. (For a refresher on Africa's geography, click here for a PDF map of the continent.)