Single African Air Transport Market to Be Launched in Addis

By David Indeje / January 6, 2018



Kenya Airways

The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) will be launched this end of January at the African Union Headquarters.

SAATM is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, an initiative of the African Union to create a single unified air transport market in Africa, the liberalization of civil aviation in Africa and as an impetus to the Continent’s economic integration agenda.

 

Only 23 AU member countries who have committed to the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision.

In December, the third ministerial working group meeting on the Single African Air Transport Markets (SAATM) expressed concern over the delay by the majority of African Union (AU) member states to implement the Decision.

Africa Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat in his New Years Message affirmed that it will be launched on the margins of the African Union Summit.

“Twenty-three Member States have pledged their solemn commitment to the Single Air Market, the implementation of which will increase the number of routes, reduce the cost of air travel and contribute to the expansion of intra-African trade and tourism. I call on all Member States that have not yet done so to join this important initiative.” He added.

 Single African Air Transport Market

The African Union Commission Chairperson says another flagship project of Agenda 2063 the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) agreement and other related documents will be adopted in March 2018. It is expected the CFTA, will create a market of over 1.2 billion people. Its establishment will significantly increase intra-African trade, create economies of scale and regional value chains, and augment job opportunities.


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Wang, speaking in Beijing during the opening ceremony of the Symposium on International Developments and China’s Diplomacy in 2017, gave a comprehensive review of the foreign policy achievements and challenges of the past year while looking toward the horizon of the new one.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative continues its progress, he said, with cooperation agreements signed in 80 countries and organizations, and 75 overseas economic and trade cooperation zones in 24 countries built within the framework.  Read


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“For the eyes of most ordinary Africans, taxes are necessary for development, the tax department rightly collects them, and a good citizen pays them,” the Afrobarometer team said.

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Africa’s Next Generation Has Big Dreams – IMF chief

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde has said African governments can create a foundation for innovation by streamlining regulations “so that everyone plays by the same rules and entrepreneurs are rewarded for their ingenuity.”

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, WirtschaftsWoche Editor in Chief Miriam Mekel, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Tech Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of BRCK and Ushahidi Juliana Rotich attending the W20 panel session under the title “Inspiring Women: Scaling up Women’s Entrepreneurship” in Berlin, Germany.

“When I travel in Africa, I never worry that the dreams of the next generation are not big enough. The only question is whether we can create an environment where those dreams will have the chance to be realized,” said Ms. Lagarde. Read



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David Indeje is a writer and editor, with interests on how technology is changing journalism, government, Health, and Gender Development stories are his passion. Follow on Twitter @David_IndejeDavid can be reached on: (020) 528 0222 / Email: [email protected]

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