SAATM to cre­ate 300 000 jobs

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mOrE ThaN TWO mIl­lION

The launch of a Sin­gle African Air Trans­port Mar­ket (SAATM) is ex­pected to cre­ate 300 000 di­rect and two mil­lion in­di­rect jobs on the con­ti­nent.

“With prepa­ra­tions con­tin­u­ing on sched­ule, the launch of the SAATM will spur more op­por­tu­ni­ties to pro­mote trade cross-bor­der in­vest­ments in the pro­duc­tion and ser­vice in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing tourism, re­sult­ing in the cre­ation of an ad­di­tional 300 000 di­rect and two mil­lion in­di­rect jobs con­tribut­ing im­mensely to the in­te­gra­tion and so­cio-eco­nomic growth of the con­ti­nent,” said African Union (AU) Com­mis­sioner for In­fra­struc­ture and En­ergy, Amani Abou-Zeid. The SAATM was launched at the AU Sum­mit in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of the first AU Agenda 2063 pro­ject.

Com­mis­sioner Abou-Zeid said the avi­a­tion in­dus­try cur­rently sup­ports eight mil­lion jobs in Africa and SAATM was cre­ated with the aim of en­hanc­ing con­nec­tiv­ity on the con­ti­nent.

“SAATM was cre­ated with the aim of en­hanc­ing con­nec­tiv­ity and en­sur­ing that the in­dus­try plays a more prom­i­nent role in the global econ­omy and sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­utes to the AU’s Agenda 2063,” said Com­mis­sioner Abou-Zeid.

So far, 23 African coun­tries out of 55 have sub­scribed to the SAATM and 44 African coun­tries signed the Ya­mous­soukro De­ci­sion.

“The African Union Com­mis­sion, un­der the lead­er­ship and per­sonal com­mit­ment of Moussa Faki Ma­hamat, has been play­ing a key co­or­di­nat­ing role in the es­tab­lish­ment of the SAATM and ad­vo­cacy to AU Mem­ber States, who have not yet com­mit­ted to the solemn com­mit­ment, to do so,”

said the Com­mis­sioner.

African coun­tries urged to open their skies

The African Union Com­mis­sion (AUC), the African Civil Avi­a­tion Com­mis­sion (AFCAC), the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICAO), the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) and the African Air­lines As­so­ci­a­tion (AFRAA) are also ad­vis­ing African coun­tries to open their skies for en­hance­ment of con­nec­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency of air ser­vices in the con­ti­nent.

“As the first of the 12 African Union’s Agenda 2063 flag­ship projects such to be launched, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SAATM will pave the way for other flag­ship projects as the African Pass­port and en­abling the Free Move­ment of Peo­ple, the Con­ti­nen­tal Free Trade Area (CFTA),” Com­mis­sioner Abou-Zeid stressed.

The dec­la­ra­tion on the es­tab­lish­ment of a SAATM, was adopted by the African Union Assem­bly in Jan­uary 2015.

Im­me­di­ately there­after, 11 AU mem­ber states de­clared their com­mit­ment to estab­lish a SAATM through full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ya­mous­soukro De­ci­sion of 1999.

The Ya­mous­soukro De­ci­sion of 1999 pro­vides for full lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of mar­ket ac­cess be­tween African States, free ex­er­cise of traf­fic rights, elim­i­na­tion of re­stric­tions on own­er­ship and full lib­er­al­i­sa­tion of fre­quen­cies, fares and ca­pac­i­ties.

To date, 23 Mem­ber States that have ad­hered to the com­mit­ment are: Benin, Botswana, Burk­ina Faso, Cabo Verde, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozam­bique, Niger, Nige­ria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swazi­land, Togo and Zim­babwe.

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