Cameroon joins Intra- African Transport Liberalisation project

Cameroon becomes the 28th African State to sign its solemn commitment to join the SAATM
Bernard Chassagnon (D), contrôleur technique d’exploitation, employé de la Direction générale de l’aviation civile, contrôle les papiers d’un Boeing 767 de la compagnie Cameroun Airlines, le 23 août 2005 sur le tarmac de l’aéroport de Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, près de Paris. Bernard Chassagnon, technical operating inspector of France’s civil aviation authority (DGAC), checks travel documents of a Cameroun Airlines Boeing 767, 23 August 2005 at the Roissy airport, near Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Cameroon recently joined the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) announced.

The country now takes part in the project, seeking to liberalize and unify the African skies and benefits from free market access and free exercise of first to fifth freedom traffic rights for scheduled and  freight air services.

Eligibility criteria for African Community carriers include compliance with safety and security standards, fair competition mechanisms,  dispute settlement and better consumer protection.

Cameroon becomes the 28th African State to sign its solemn commitment  to join the SAATM bringing the number of participants to 44  signatories including: Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cape Verde,  Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt,  Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, South Africa, etc.

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The Single Market for Air Transport in Africa project is a result of  the immediate implementation of the principles of the Yamoussoukro Decision (Côte d’Ivoire) adopted in 1999 and approved by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Lomé (Togo)  in July 2000.

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