With its project office located in Gaborone, Botswana, the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Program in the Southern African Development Community (COSCAP-SADC) initiated operations in April 2008. COSCAP-SADC is a SADC project implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The principal objective of the COSCAP-SADC project is to establish a regional safety oversight organisation in SADC. When established, the regional safety oversight organization will be known as the SADC Aviation Safety Organization (SASO).
The foundation, on which the services of the SASO are predicated, consists of its commitment to assist Member States in meeting their safety oversight obligations in an environment of harmonised national civil aviation regulations and technical procedures that enforce the standards and recommended practices of the Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
The COSCAP-SADC Project serves as the forerunner or prototype of the SASO. It is managed and staffed by ICAO personnel that will remain with the project until the SASO is established. ICAO participation concludes upon establishment of the SASO as the SASO will be a SADC organisation.