Africa resolves to implement single air transport market — Sirika

Hadi Sirika

The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said the Africa has resolved to implement a Single Air Transport Market in Africa (SAATM) to advance liberalization.

Sirika made this known during his closing remarks at a five-day International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN2022) in Abuja on Friday.

Sirika said that SAATM, being a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, would boost the continent`s economic integration agenda.

According to him, SAATM will ensure aviation plays a major role in connecting Africa, promoting its social, economic and political integration and boosting intra-Africa trade and tourism as a result.

The minister noted that SAATM was created to expedite the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision.

“I am very excited as you spent about a week with us. I was equally excited for Nigeria to host this very important event.

“There are new developments that we derived from this, in particular, our resolve to implement Single Air Transport Market in Africa (SAATM).

“This is in the spirit of actualising Agenda 2063 which will unify and integrate Africa and connect its people, future and posture.

“It will also open the boarders to connect the whole world together.

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