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 “Urge all remaining Member States to join the Single African Air Transport Market, ratify the African Road Safety Charter, the Revised Maritime Transport Charter and the Africa Civil Aviation Commission Constitution.”
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 to take the appropriate measures to accelerate the development of the African integrated High Speed Railway Network flagship project, revitalisation of the Union of Africa Railways and speed up operationalisation of SAATM.
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, SAATM, AFREC Convention and Road Safety Charter.
The current Member States that have subscribed to the solemn commitment are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Capo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo and Zimbabwe.