Unity of Intent in African Skies is a Miracle Cure for Freight
FIATA spells the Yamoussoukro prescription
Africa is poised to enjoy economic growth and development, but the state of its fragmented airspace could slow this momentum. FIATA is calling for a revisit of the Yamoussoukro Decision, which has the power to unleash unprecedented opportunities!
FIATA recently published a position paper encouraging African states to revisit the Yamoussoukro Declaration. In 1999 this was established as an African Civil Aviation Policy agreement geared towards the comprehensive reform of the air transport industry and the unification of the fragmented African air transport market.
Speaking from his position as Chairman of the Airfreight Institute of FIATA, Mr Rodolfo Sagel has shown his support for the reimplementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision. "Africa is a market of great interest for the entire world; it is viewed as having great economic potential. The logistics sector, especially air transport, must be equipped to handle the demands coming from Africa. The full implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision can facilitate air transport between Africa and the rest of the world."
Mr Issa Baluch, FIATA's Past President and Honorary Member of the Board, noted: "The Yamoussoukro Decision was an agreement which Africa expected would stimulate growth throughout the region. Unfortunately, its implementation within Africa has lagged behind expectations." Both distinguished gentlemen were echoed by the Chairman of the FIATA Region Africa Middle East, Mr Basil Pietersen, who affirmed that "liberalisation can be seen as a great engine for growth; it is up to each state to choose content and approach, but there is room to speed the pace of liberalisation according to different national circumstances."
FIATA's position suggests that the lag was due to insufficient cooperation, varying priorities, and the absence of unity among industry players, who have been unable to advocate for their wider interest. To revamp the Yamoussoukro Decision's impact, FIATA suggests more coordination and collaboration between public and private to allow for enhanced liberalisation in Africa’s air space. This form of synergy would allow for this. In essence it says: "freedom in the air means freedom in trade and brings prosperity.
FIATA members in Africa ask more political determination to bring the agreement to fruition by a targeted implementation initiative. FIATA encourages you to read the position paper and join this discussion on its website:
Hans Günther Kersten, Director General
FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31, 1926. It is a non-governmental organization that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 8-10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). It is recognized as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organizations, governmental authorities, private international organizations in the field of transport such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.