Open Skies for Africa

Open Skies for Africa

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In Africa, where poor roads, ports, and railways often constrain efficient transportation, air transport holds great potential as a lever for economic growth and development. Yet Africa has suffered several decades of inefficient air services. Uncompetitive flag carriers, set up by newly independent African states, offered primarily intercontinental flights, while the domestic air service market remained underdeveloped and underserved. The 1999 Pan-African treaty on liberalization of access to air transport markets, the Yamoussoukro Decision, attempted to address these shortcomings. Yet a decade later, only partial liberalization had been achieved. This book reviews progress made in carrying out the treaty and suggests ways in which the liberalization process can be encouraged. It analyzes the steps toward implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision, both on a pan-African level and within various regions. Special focus is given to the challenges posed by the poor aviation safety and security standards that exist in most African countries. Finally, the book measures the impact that certain policy steps of the Yamoussoukro Decision have had and evaluates the economic significance of air transportation and its full liberalization in Africa. The book concludes that the process of liberalizing African air services must continue, and provides policy recommendations for the way forward.1944. International Air Services Transit Agreement. Chicago: ICAO. a€”a€”a€”. 1999. Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air. Document 9740. Montreal: ICAO. a€”a€”a€”. 2000. Safety Oversight Audit Manual.

Title:Open Skies for Africa
Author:Charles E. Schlumberger
Publisher:World Bank Publications - 2010


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