AFRICAN MINISTERS URGED TO ADOPT SAATM
Written by tobi adejare on April 18, 2019
African Ministers in charge of transport have appealed to other member states yet to adopt the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) to do so.
The Ministers made the appeal at the Second Ordinary Session of the African Union Specialised Technical Committee in Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism in Cairo Egypt 16-17 April, 2019.
The Nigerian Minister of state Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who made this known via his twitter handle @hadisirika said the Ministers in the resolution concerning transport in Africa, Urged all remaining Member States to join the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), ratify the African Road Safety Charter, the Revised Maritime Transport Charter and the Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) Constitution.
Presently, only 28 Africa countries have so far shown interest to the SAATM and the African Union awaits the decision of others to join the train.
According to Africa Union, SAATM is ‘Promoting intra-regional connectivity between the capital cities of Africa by creating a single unified air transport market in Africa, as an impetus to the continent’s economic integration and growth agenda’.
The committee of Ministers requested African Union Commission (AUC) to take the appropriate measures to accelerate the development of the African integrated High Speed Railway Network (AIHSRN) flagship project, revitalization of the Union of Africa Railways (UAR) and speed up operationalization of SAATM.
They also called upon the African Development Bank (AfDB) to continue providing support and mobilise more financial resources for priority intercontinental transport sector programmes such as SAATM and implementation of African Plan of Action for Road Safety.
The committee appealed to Member states to speed up signing and or ratification of pending legal instrument related to infrastructure, notably Maritime Charter, Yamoussoukro Declaration (YD), SAATM, AFREC Convention and Road Safety Charter.