ASECNAAgence pour la Sécurité de la Navigation Aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar (Africa)
ASECNAAgency for the Safety of Aerial Navigation in Africa
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"Ce batiment abritera les structures de la circulation aerienne d'approche et d'aerodrome, de la publication d'informations aeronautiques, de la prevision et de la transmission des informations dans le domaine de la meteorologie aeronautique ainsi que les services de maintenance des equipements aeroportuaires", a precise le representant de l'ASECNA au Congo, Joachim Tchissambou Mboundou.
Acronyms and their expansions include Agence pour la Securite de la Navigation Aerienne en Afrique et a Madagascar (ASECNA), Societe de Developpement et d'Exploitation Aeroportuaire et Maritime (SODEXAM), Direction National de la Meteorologie (DNM), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Ivory Coast (IC), Universite Felix Houphouet-Boigny (UFHB), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMET), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and Universite Paul Sabatier (UPS).
Asecna, or the Agency for Aviation Security and Navigation in Africa and Madagascar, covers Francophone Africa.
Ibrahim Kassim, a representative from regional air security body ASECNA, said the plane had probably come down 5 to 10 km (3 to 6 miles) from the coast, and civilian and military boats had been mobilized to start searching.
The creditors include the IATA clearing house ($7.365m); AJ Walters of the UK, specialised in aircraft spares ($3.986m); Alitalia, specialised in DC-10 maintenance ($6.175m); Atitec, specialised in DC-9 maintenance ($1.7m); ASECNA ($2.053m); SkyJet ($3.474m); and the JFK International Air Terminal ($396,000).
Because the African organisation, Asecna, which oversees air traffic control on the continent, had already pledged CFA 20bn ($33m), and the 11 nations who control Air Afrique had put up another CFA 5bn ($8m), France was expected to provide the remaining CFA 6bn ($10m).
During a whirlwind tour this summer of the 11 African states who control 71% of Air Afrique's stock, Sir Harry had asked each country to pledge funding - to the tune of CFAfr11bn ($17m) - for a holding company (societe de patrimonie) which, with the support of ASECNA (Agence du controle Aerien Africain, a multilateral African air security organisation), would buy up 75% of Air Afrique's accumulated debt, estimated to be more than CFAfr200bn ($333m).
IATA and African air traffic management organization ASECNA agreed to combine their efforts to improve safety, service levels, efficiency, cost effectiveness and infrastructure on the continent.