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AviaDev Insight is the first podcast dedicated to the African aviation industry.

We bring prominent industry voices to the table to establish the "ground truth" in an informal and candid fashion.

The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and Managing Director of AviaDev Africa, Africa's premier event dedicated to developing air connectivity.

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Mar 27, 2023

In this episode, we head to Dakar, Senegal to pay a visit to the Headquarters of The African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC), a specialist agency of the African Union.

AFCAC is the executing agency of SAATM, the Single Africa Air Transport Market, which if successfully implemented could hold the key to a golden age of Aviation development on the continent. 

To discuss progress, challenges, and priorities, we are joined by the recipient of the 2021 AviaDev Ato Girma Wake lifetime award for an outstanding contribution to route development in Africa, Madame Adefunke Adeyemi, the Secretary General of AFCAC. 

Together, we discuss:

  • The increased visibility and reach of AFCAC through a new communications strategy and appointment of SAATM Ambassadors across the continent
  • 5 months on from the launch of the Pilot Implementation Plan, where do we stand with SAATM progress? 
  • What are the common objections to not joining the PIP and how is AFCAC ensuring these countries are not left behind?
  • Is everything in place to deal with any disputes that may arise during implementation?
  • Why the immediate focus is on growing the number of 5th freedom routes across the continent. 

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