AU starts implementation of Yamoussoukro declaration on aviation

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The African Union Commission (AUC) is now promoting and facilitating full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision on Liberalisation of Air Transport Markets in Africa, which will lead to the establishment of a single African air transport market by 2017, according to AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“It is a very ambitious flagship project of the AU Agenda 2063 but which is essential if Africa is to develop a competitive air transport industry that has its place in the global aviation markets,” she said in a statement read on her behalf on Tuesday at the Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security and Facilitation in Africa underway in Windhoek, the Namibian capital.
Dlamini-Zuma explained that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is committed to supporting Africa in this project within the framework of the AUC-ICAO’s memorandum of cooperation.

“This will involve ensuring that all members of the single market are, at the very least, equally able to comply with ICAO standards and recommended practices as well as implement the African Roadmap on Aviation Security,” said the AU chair.

She said the expected outcome of the ministerial conference that started on Monday and ends on Friday, are a declaration, targets and action plan for aviation security and facilitation in Africa.

The declaration will be presented to the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2016 for endorsement.

“These outcomes are considered essential to effective implementation of the AU Agenda 2063 as far as the air transport sector is concerned,” she said.
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