Tranport: African Ministers call for more AfDB support, urge member states to adopt SAATM

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The African Ministers in charge of Transport have called on the African Development Bank (AfDB) to continuously provide support and mobilise more financial resources for priority intercontinental transport sector programmes.

These includes the Single African Air Transport Market, SAATM and the implementation of African Plan of Action for Road Safety.

This is just as the Ministers also urged the remaining countries in the continent who are yet to adopt the SAATM to do so.

The Ministers stated this at the  Second Ordinary Session of the African Union Specialised Technical Committee in Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism in Cairo Egypt, made know via the twitter handle of Nigerian’s Minister of state, aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.

The Ministers in the resolution concerning transport in Africa, “Urge all remaining Member States to join the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), ratify the African Road Safety Charter, the Revised Maritime Transport Charter and the Africa Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) Constitution.”

Presently, only 28 Africa countries have so far shown interest to the SAATM and the African Union awaits the decision of others to join the train.

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’.

In Cairo, the Ministers unanimously agreed to strategies that would boost infrastructures in Africa.  “We, the Ministers in charge of Transport Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism meeting in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt on 16 and 17 April 2019,in the Second Session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism , organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to consider strategies for developing smart infrastructure to boost Africa’s continental transformation and integration,” said the Ministers in Cairo.

“We, the ministers, reiterating our commitment to develop Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism sectors and our strong will to implement the outcome of the meeting as we have agreed.”

The committee of Ministers requested African Union Commission (AUC) to take the appropriate measures to accelerate the development of the African integrated High Speed Railway Network (AIHSRN) flagship project, revitalization of the Union of Africa Railways (UAR) and speed up operationalization 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 (YD), 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.

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