Indeed, African civil aviation ministers recognized this themselves in 1999 when they adopted the Yamoussoukro decision, named after the Ivorian city where it was agreed. It obliges its 44 signatory states to deregulate air services and promote regional air markets open to transnational competition. It followed the Yamoussoukro Declaration of 1988, in which many of the same countries agreed with the principles of air services liberalization. In 2000, the decision was approved by the Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity and was made mandatory in 2002. “This increase is expected to result in employment growth in Africa, which is expected to reach about 9.8 million jobs by 2036, and air transport GDP is expected to almost triple to $159 billion over the same period. But we must also recognize and act that the current state of connectivity on this continent is still inecondic, which hinders the realization of the benefits of aviation that are now waiting for African airlines. The President of the ICAO Council stressed the importance of the development of air transport for wider sustainable development in Africa and noted convincing statistics: “Passenger traffic in the African region is expected to increase by 4.3% per year by 2045, while freight transport is also expected to grow faster than the global average (3.9% per year) over the same period” said Dr. Aliu. During the three-hour webinar, AFCAC gave a detailed presentation on the operationalization of the Executing Agency (EA), the implementation status of the joint priority action plan developed with stakeholders and partners for the implementation of SAATM and the sustainable development of air transport in Africa. The webinar allowed participants to discuss current challenges, including delays in the operationalization of SAATM due to COVID-19, and examined strategies for reviving and reviving the African air sector during and after COVID-19. Participants also discussed the general opportunities and benefits of liberalizing air transport in Africa through the full implementation of YD and SAATM. One of the main recommendations was to encourage and facilitate the integration of more AU Member States into the full implementation of the Yamoussoukro decision and membership in the Internal Aviation Market (SAATM). In her speech, the Secretary General, Mr.