Single Aviation Market Is the Latest Bid for African Integration. Will It Work?

An Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off from Addis Ababa airport, Ethiopia, April 27, 2013 (AP photo by Elias Asmare).
An Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off from Addis Ababa airport, Ethiopia, April 27, 2013 (AP photo by Elias Asmare).
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At the end of January, 23 African nations announced plans to launch a single aviation market in an effort to boost connectivity and economic growth. While airline executives and industry analysts described it as a “seismic event,” African states have not had the best track record implementing integration policies. In an email interview, Richard E. Mshomba, a professor of economics at La Salle University in Philadelphia and the author of “Economic Integration in Africa: The East African Community in Comparative Perspective,” explains what is behind the initiative, as well as the obstacles and opportunities for broader economic integration on the […]

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