The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has concluded the periodic security audit of the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) with the domestic aviation body optimistic of positive report which will confirm the country’s commitment to the global aviation security standards.

Zimbabwe has over the years made great strides in ensuring a safe and secure aviation sector as testified by the 2010 ICAO report which confirmed that the country has performed above global average in terms of adhering to aviation security standards.

CAAZ Director Airports, Tawanda Gusha said the country has committed itself to the ICAO security standards to guarantee security of passengers and airlines flying into the country’s airspace.

“We are continuously working to ensuring that the security of passengers and airlines flying into the destination is guaranteed. Safety and security remain key pillars guiding our operations as an entity,” he said.

Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joel Biggie Matiza said the country has initiated the process of the upgrading the air traffic control and management system with some of the critical equipment being procured.

“We have stepped up the process of upgrading our systems and the process of acquiring the necessary equipment to revamp the infrastructure has been initiated,” he said.

The ICAO universal security programme’s main objective is to promote global aviation security.