AU’s Single Africa Air Transport Market a reality soon – Official

By increasing connectivity, the African Union’s Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative promises to end travellers’ misery and boost economic growth. Photo : AU

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – It seemed a far cry a few years ago, but the Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) will soon be a reality, official sources said.

AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Abou-Zeid in a press briefing on Saturday evening said 2018 was a special moment which brought major achievements for the effective functioning of SAATM.

The SAATM is one of a flagship projects set to realize the content’s economic integration and accelerate the aviation and tourism industries, she said.

The African Union launched SAATM with 23 member states as one of the mega projects of the AU Agenda 2063.

Today, the Market has 28 members covering over 700 million persons, the commissioner stated.

She expressed optimism that at least 40 member states would join the Single Africa Air Transport Market by the end of this year and all the union members would be in the market by 2021.

She revealed that flagship infrastructures, including renewable energy and road projects, are being built across the continent to facilitate regional integration.

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