05 oct Saatm Agreement
In order to address the many challenges and (finally) fully implement the Yamoussoukro agreements of 1988 and 1999, the AU insisted that saatm be implemented within the framework of its 2036 Agenda. 10 of the 29 VSV States have implemented all the concrete VSTM measures requested by the AFCAC. In addition, ten Member States have signed new bilateral air services agreements, in line with the Yamoussoukro Decision. Eighteen AU Member States have signed an Implementing Protocol (MoI) to ensure that all restrictions imposed on air agreements that are not in line with the Yamoussoukro decision are met; Some African governments and airlines have criticized the project. Smaller airlines and the Ugandan government, in particular, say the deal would result in few large airlines dominating the market, stifling competition.  The benefits of the liberalization of air transport, in particular the fifth freedom, were first recognized in the Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1988.  This statement was confirmed in 1999, when the African Union adopted the Yamoussoukro decision.  However, the implementation of the Decision has encountered obstacles, as the regulatory authorities are not in office as provided for in the Agreement.  A number of Member States have not granted any fifth freedom rights to airlines from other countries.
 The VSV therefore theoretically has the possibility of liberalizing the air transport market in Africa. This, in turn, could boost economic growth by reducing travel costs and increasing networking. However, only time, proper implementation and political will ensure that these potential benefits are realized. Subsequently, the Assembly of the African Union officially launched the VSTM in January 2018 at its 30th Ordinary Summit; The AU Commission will continue to cooperate with all stakeholders in the air transport sector to accelerate the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro decision. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 19 August 2015: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, met with the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Fang Liu, who has been on an official visit since taking office on 1 August 2015. During their meeting on 19 August 27, 2015, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr Dlamini Zuma and Dr Fang Liu discussed strategies for the implementation of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed on 27 September 2010 between AUC and ICAO. I once read a quote that said, « The African aviation sector will be and will always be the next leading market. » While this statement highlights the potential of the market, it also highlights the major challenges facing the region. We focus here on a particular challenge: connectivity and traffic rights embodied by the development of the single air transport market. These areas are in line with the AU Roadmap for the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision establishing the African Aviation Internal Market under the Africa 2063 Agenda. .