African air transport experts meet in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 18 June 2014 (WIC) – Air transport experts from all over Africa met in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday to discuss the regulatory frameworks needed to promote the liberalization of the African air transport sector, Anadolu Agency reported.


The two-day meeting, which wraps up tomorrow, will tackle competition regulations; guidelines for the implementation of competition regulations; mechanisms for dispute resolution; and passenger-protection regulations.


The outcome of the experts' meeting will be submitted to the Bureau of the Conference of Ministers of Transport, slated for September. If adopted by the ministers' conference, it will be passed on to the January 2015 African Union (A.U.) Summit for endorsement, according to an A.U. agenda paper.


In 1999, African transport ministers met in Ivory Coast capital Yamoussoukro, where they decided that the liberalization of African air transport was vital to the industry.
The meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission.