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TRANSPORT: Can Yamoussoukro Be Resurrected? SAAFF Congress 2016


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The success of the 1988 Yamoussoukro Declaration – intended to liberalise African aviation and establish a single African air transport market – depends on improving private and public aviation partnerships in more African countries to stimulate its full implementation. This is the view of industry icon and honourary FIATA board member Issa Baluch, who will discuss implications facing African aviation at the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) 2016 Congress. The two-day event takes place on 6 and 7 September at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.

Challenges And benefits
“Implementation would reduce market restrictions imposed by bilateral air service agreements and deliver improved safety, lower fares and increased traffic in Africa,” says Baluch. “However, implementation has been impacted by strict regulatory protection that many African states place on carriers, insufficient co-operation among industry players, unfair competition and differing priorities. This has a detrimental effect on air safety, ultimately inflating air fares and dampening air traffic growth.”

FIATA, which called for a review of the Declaration in 2014, aims to meet the 2017 implementation date.

“Public Private Partnerships and de-regulation are the most practical way forward; we have seen this in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia, and the de-regulation of South Africa’s market has also been reasonably successful.”

SAAFF Welcomes Industry Icon
“At last, SAAFF is privileged to welcome Issa Baluch to address delegates at the 2016 SAAFF Congress,” says SAAFF CEO Dave Logan. Baluch is a leading industry expert and the author of two books: Transport Logistics: Past, Present and Predictions, and Transport Logistics: The Wheel of Commerce.

Baluch will highlight a range of issues on the topic ‘Africa’s Open Skies: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of The Yamoussoukro Declaration, and ‘FIATA Logistics Academy Leap Frog to Where?’

“I believe there is hope for Africa, and the fact that it lags a few steps behind in technological development provides opportunities for the aviation industry to catch up and adapt to a still evolving business landscape,” says Baluch.

SAAFF gratefully acknowledges support from this year’s congress sponsors; Lombard Insurance (Primary Funder); WiseTech Global, JLT Eikos, GMLS Airlink Cargo, Prestmarine and ShipShape.

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