Keyamo Advocates Inclusion of African Foreign Affairs Ministers in Driving SAATM


The Nigerian Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, CON, SAN, FCAirb, has advocated for the inclusion of African Foreign Affairs Ministers in driving the full implementation and operationalisation of the YD and SAATM.

The Honourable Minister stated this while making his contribution during the plenary discussion on the implementation of the Yamoussoukro Declaration (YD) and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) on Tuesday, 2nd July, 2024 at the just-concluded IATA Wings of Change Focus Africa which held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He stated that for the fact that African Ministers of Foreign Affairs are responsible in drawing the Agenda of the African Union (AU) Summit, it was highly expedient for them to be sensitized of the need to bring the issue of YD and SAATM to the front burner for a political decision to be taken, once and for all by African leaders, in order to surmount the problems besetting their full operationalisation. He averred that YD and SAATM were not for African Ministers responsible for civil aviation to drive alone.

In his words “To make SAATM work, it is not African Civil Aviation Ministers alone to drive them, we neeed to mobilise the Afican Union to remove the domestic restrictions, as the political leaders in Africa are the ones bestowed with the power to give directive to their Ministers on the way forward”.

The recommendation was well taken by participants as the best way to go in driving the successful operationalisation of the two progmmes geared towards connecting Africa and grow civil aviation in the continent.

The IATA Wings of Change Focus Africa Conference themed “Towards a More Resilient and Sustainable African Aviation” serves as a premier industry event in Africa, gathering aviation leaders, regulators, and subject matter experts to engage in discussions on the key challenges and opportunities in air transport started on 2nd July and ended on 3rd July 2024.

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