Africa: Ghana commences implementation of SAATM treaty
Ghana has commenced implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market(SAATM) treaty. This is an initiative that looks forward to de-regulate the aviation sector of the African continent.
What this means is that all cross-border flights with countries that have also implemented the treaty will now be treated as domestic flights, GhanaWeb noted. This step is adopted to shorten fares and also augment traveller’s convenience, encourage the opening and maintenance of air links connected among the African nations, thus enhance the economic growth through air transport and tourism.
The source also reported that the treaty’s implementation also aims to promote cross-border investment and innovation that seeks to improve trade and business efficiency. The participation of Ghana will develop its positioning as an emergent hub for aviation in the West African sub-region as part of its wider aspirations of being the business gateway to West Africa. Meanwhile, a number of ECOWAS states have played leading roles in opening up their airspace for aviation activities to surge by implementing the policy.
Twenty-seven countries made commitments towards the Memorandum of Implementation in May 2018 at a conference held in Togo’s capital Lomé. However, only 14 countries have signed the agreement. West African countries including Togo, The Gambia, Burkina Faso including Ghana are leading its implementation. Whereas, the countries that failed to sign are Egypt, Mozambique, Nigeria, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa among a few.