African Union launches continental air deregulation scheme

President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs the 27th Session of the Heads of State and Government in the African Peer Review Mechanism at the AU Summit Addis Ababa Ethiopia
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01 February, 2018

The leaders of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union urged stronger worldwide cooperation at the opening Sunday of the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

South African President Jacob Zuma is leading his country's delegation to the two-day summit conference under the theme: "Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation".

The SAATM is a project of African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, which aspires to create a single unified air transport network in Africa.

The Assembly, which takes place on January 28-29, 2018, is deliberating on the state of peace and security on the continent, the African Peer Review Mechanism, climate change and institutional reforms of the AU aimed at enhancing the continental body's governance systems.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit said the common convergence between the Arab world and the African continent remains a "theater for multiple tensions and instability".

Chinese and African officials who were in Addis Ababa for the bloc's annual summit denied Le Monde's report.

The letter was not made public, but its existence was confirmed by Chris Meade, a diplomat with the United States delegation to the African Union (AU).

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Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says Nigeria will soon have a privately-owned national air carrier.

Speaking at the event, the AU Chairman celebrated the eventual realisation of SAATM for Africa.

Botswana's foreign ministry called the remarks "highly irresponsible, reprehensible and racist", while the president of Senegal, Macky Sall, said he was "shocked by the words of President Trump", adding: "I reject and condemn them vigorously". "I am happy for associating myself with the progress that we have made so far", he said.

"We must enhance levels of cooperation and collaboration with both regional and worldwide partners through capacity building initiatives in emerging counter-violent extremism concepts and practices", the President said.

Faure Gnassingbe, president of Togo, will lead the continent in realising the full implementation of market.

According to him, the initiative is ladden with several benefits including increased investments, job creation, among others.


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