The African Union (AU) will be launching the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the first flagship project under its Agenda 2063, on January 28 in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The project aims to create a unified air transport market and the complete liberalisation of intra-Africa travel as a key component of its regional economic integration and development agenda. In a press briefing at the 30th AU summit in Addis Ababa, currently underway, the commissioner for infrastructure and energy Abou-Zeid Amani said that the intra-Africa air transport market will see the creation of 300,000 direct and 2-million indirect jobs. "More than 500-million Africans will benefit from this huge, single air market and will help the signatory countries stimulate their economies, further promote trade among themselves, and give a tremendous boost to tourism," she said. The AU believes the initiative will pave the way for a further easing of visa restrictions and will eventually lead to a ...

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