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Iata forecasts that Africa will be a market of 350 million airline passengers by 2035 and has identified four priorities that they say must be addressed if aviation is to deliver maximum economic and social benefits for the countries on the continent. These are: safety, connectivity, blocked funds and smarter regulation. 


Iata urged airlines and governments in Africa to continue their commitment to the Iata Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). It has also called on African governments to continue raising their levels of adherence to the global standards of the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and to accelerate the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS).  By the end of 2016, only 22 African countries had implemented at least 60% of the SARPS. 


Iata welcomed the imminent launch of the Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) by the African Union and urges Governments and industry to fully embrace the project to unlock the full benefits of aviation in Africa. 

Blocked Funds 

Blocked funds in Africa are an increasing problem, with carriers unable to repatriate their foreign currency earnings from nine African countries. Iata urged governments where currency is blocked to find practical solutions to release airlines’ funds in line with global standards and bilateral treaty obligations.

Smarter Regulation 

Iata urges African governments to adopt its Smarter Regulation framework to avoid unintended consequences when designing or implementing aviation policies. 

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