The Single African Air Transport market (SAATM) that was launched on 28 January 2018 currently has 32 member states signatory to the Solemn Commitment.
18 out of the 32 member States have further signed a Memorandum of Implementation to remove restrictions in existing Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) that are contrary to the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD).
This Strategic Objective of AFCAC is designed to enhance Civil Aviation Security and Facilitation in Africa through the establishment of a strong Aviation Security System in Africa.
The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), and the Government of the Republic of Niger is organising a Capacity Building Workshop on dissemination of the Yamoussoukro Decision Regulatory texts for the Central, Western and Northern Member States belonging to ECCAS, ECOWAS and UMA Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
The Workshop, which is scheduled from 25th to 27th November 2019 in Niamey-Niger, is in response to the Decision establishing the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), a key AU Agenda 2063 flagship project[ Assembly/AU/Dec.665 (XXX)]. The Decision requests the AUC to undertake Capacity Building of Member States and RECs on application of Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) institutional and regulatory Texts.
The YD instruments which also constitute the regulatory framework of the SAATM, are:
(i) Powers and Functions of the Executing Agency (EA),
(ii) Competition Regulations,
(iii)Consumer protection Regulations, and
(iv) Dispute Settlement Mechanism which is currently at advanced stage of elaboration.
The workshop is open to all senior aviation officials and experts of Member States of the Central, Western and Northern Africa regions, Regional Economic Communities (ECCAS, ECOWAS and UMA) and other industry stakeholders in the indicated regions.
This year (2019), the 20th Anniversary of Yamoussoukro Decision (YD Day celebration) coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of AFCAC.
The proposed theme of the YD Day 2019 is: “AFCAC: 50 years dedicated to the development of an integrated, safe and sustainable air transport system in Africa”
AFCAC has the honour to request the participation of all its member States as it commemorates the above two landmark events here in Dakar, Senegal concurrently, at the prestigious CICAD (International Conference Center Abdou Diouf) on 13 and 14 November, 2019.