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An Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner prepares to take off from Addis Ababa airport, Ethiopia, April 27, 2013 (AP photo by Elias Asmare).

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

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

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 continent.

WPR: What is driving the recent decision to move forward on launching a single aviation market now, and what are the expected benefits? ...

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