AFCAC To Celebrate YD Day On November 15

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The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) said the 2021 celebration of Yamoussoukro Decision day (YD Day) will take place on 15th of November.


AFCAC said the YD which entered into force in 2000 following its endorsement by Heads of State and Government of the African Union for the liberalization of scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services within Africa and with an overall aim of removing restrictions on traffic rights, capacity and frequency between city pairs.


The SAATM established by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government during the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (30-31 January 2015), is one of the flagship projects which places the implementation of the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision on the Liberalization of Air Transport Market in Africa within the context of the AU Agenda 2063.

SAATM aims to ensure the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision (YD) on air transport liberalization in Africa, AFCAC said.


The SAATM through the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision will contribute to the socio economic benefits of the African Continent and will also foster the actualization of the continent’s integration as espoused by the African Union Agenda 2063. Air Transport liberalization will result in increased routes, reduced costs of travel to the African citizenry, increased trade, tourism, increase in direct employment and investments thereby resulting in economic growth (GDP) for the African States and the continent. So far, 34 member States have subscribed to the Solemn Commitment to implement the SAATM.

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