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Multinational - Institutional Support to the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) for the Implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) - Project Appraisal Report
The 1988 Yamoussoukro Declaration superseded by the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) was was adopted out of the realization that Bilateral Air Services Agreements were too restrictive and hampered the expansion and improvement of air transport in Africa. Indeed, Air transport connectivity in the African continent is significantly lower than in other regions, and only captures around 3% of the global air transport. The YD provides for the full liberalization of Intra-African air transport services in terms of market access, the free exercise of the five freedom traffic rights for passengers and freight by eligible airlines and the full liberalization of frequencies, tariffs and capacity. It is in this context that the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) was launched and established on 28 January 2018 as the first African Union (AU) 2063 Agenda flagship project. The SAATM aims to expedite the full implementation of the YD. The AU gave the mandate of implementing SAATM to the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), that is not adequately financially and technically equipped to carry out this mandate.