Somalia and Rwanda ink airspace deal

Both Somalia and Rwanda will open skies for both republics to ease air transport thanks to an agreement by aviation ministers from both countries.

Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) which was signed on Friday a fulfilment of the heads of state’s Yamoussoukro Decision of opening airspace on the African continent, and implementation of Africa’s African Continental Free Trade Area the head of states endorsed in 2018.

Speaking to the media after the signing of the agreement, Somalia’s Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Mohamed Abdullahi Salat said the agreement will enhance trade between the countries.

“I am sure you will see a lot of Somali investors flocking to your country, and we welcome your investors to also come to Somalia. I am sure we have a lot to learn from your civil aviation and from your government agencies and we will exchange that knowledge hopefully from now on,” he said.

Somali Minister lauded Rwanda’s commitment to recover from the genocide which took place in Rwanda.
“We are very, very proud of you, coming from the genocide all the way to what we see now. We look forward to opening the trade between Somalia and Rwanda and this is the first step.

On his side, Rwandan Minister for Infrastructure, Claver Gatete the agreement could boost trade and air transport networks between both countries.

“This is to make sure that the free trade, the free movement of services, the free airspace is a reality. So, we are leading by example to ensure that this is happening.”


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