The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, in partnership with the African Civil Aviation Commission, has organized a workshop aimed at accelerating the Single African Air Transport Market. The workshop, which is being held in Addis Ababa on May 10th and 11th, 2023, will bring together 100 participants from all African nations to discuss ways to improve air transport services across the continent.

The workshop in Addis Ababa will focus on ways to accelerate the implementation of the SAATM. Participants will discuss issues such as air traffic management, safety and security, infrastructure development, and regulatory frameworks. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for participants to share best practices and learn from each other.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority is a key player in the implementation of the SAATM. The authority has been working closely with the African Civil Aviation Commission and other stakeholders to promote the initiative. The workshop in Addis Ababa is part of the authority’s efforts to accelerate the implementation of the SAATM and improve air transport services in Africa.

The workshop is expected to produce concrete recommendations on ways to accelerate the implementation of the SAATM. These recommendations will be presented to the African Union for consideration. It is also expected to strengthen the partnership between the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the African Civil Aviation Commission.

SAATM, which was unveiled in January 2018 in Addis Ababa, is a key initiative of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which intends to integrate the continent’s air transportation sector to support economic connection and integration, resulting in sustainable, effective, and unified air travel throughout AfricaThe 2015 Declaration of African Heads of State and Government, in which they reiterated their commitment to implementing the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on the liberalization of civil aviation, served as the foundation for the creation of the SAATM. According to estimates by the African Union Commission, the SAATM will result in 2 million indirect jobs and 300,000 direct jobs.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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