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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on African leaders to fully implement the Yamoussoukro Declaration and liberalize their air spaces if the continent is to fully realize the benefits of air transport.
President Akufo-Addo, speaking at official opening ceremony for the first 3-day Africa Air Show, on-going at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), called on African leaders to commit to “full implementation of Yamoussoukro decision.”
In the Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1988, many of Africa countries agreed to principles of air services liberalization. In 2000, the Decision was endorsed by head of states and governments at the Organization of African Unity, and became fully binding in 2002. However, over the past decades implementation has fallen short.
Charles Schlumberger, Lead Air Transport Specialist at the World Bank, and author of Open Skies for Africa, in a report noted that:”“Ten countries have not signed on to or completed proper ratification of this decision, and many others that are signatories have not implemented it. Meantime, most countries in Africa that have abandoned their ailing carriers and opened up to foreign operators now have air services, both passenger and freight, that are more efficient, safer, and with more competitive prices.”
Source: Nana Yaa Djan-Parry||Aviationghana.com