Africas open skies decision under the spotlight Implementation

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					Africa's "open skies" decision under the spotlight Implementation of the Yamoussoukro "open skies" decision to liberalise intra-Africa scheduled and non-scheduled air services while also focusing on air traffic control and safety regulations will be featured at the NEPAD Transport Summit and Expo at the Gallagher convention centre in Midrand on 25-26 November. The discussion will be led by Dr John E Tambi of Liberia, a transport infrastructure expert with long experience in the management of airports, ports and transportation facilities with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. A licensed commercial pilot, he is transport adviser to the NEPAD Secretariat as well as a consultant to the International Civil Aviation Organisation the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and UN headquarters in New York. The Yamoussoukro decision was endorsed by the African Heads of State in 1999 in the capital city of the Cote d'Ivoire - whose name it bears -- and has faced a number of challenges in the years since then. Dr Tambi will update the summit on the latest developments. The NEPAD Transport Summit is attracting delegates from all over Africa, North and South America and the European Union and will be addressed by the head of the 53-nation African Union, Dr Jean Ping. The main objective is to promote regional integration across the continent through its transport networks.. The delegates will seek ways to prioritise, fast-track and integrate the national action plans of African countries involving road, rail, air and the ports -- and to increase awareness of the huge potential for cross-border trade and investment. Dr Ping and the CEO of NEPAD, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, with other expert speakers will address decision-makers from African ministries of transport, finance, trade and communications, as well as senior executives from major

transcontinental transport and logistics companies, development banks and funding agencies. The main focus of the discussions will be on Africa's key crossborder arteries and regional transport corridors and their importance in the integration process. The aim is also to cut red tape and streamline border formalities. The summit is the first of what is expected to be an annual event in Africa's regional transport hubs. Dr Ping, chairman of the African Union Commission, is a former diplomat and Deputy Prime Minister of Gabon, Dr Mayaki is a former Prime Minister of Niger.
NEPAD Transport Summit and Africa Expo DATES: VENUE: WEBSITE: ENQUIRIES: 25- 26 November 2009 Gallagher Convention Centre

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