Integration of airspace: ADB grants 8.6 million USD to COMESA
2 March 2011
On February 24, the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) signed a protocol agreement concerning the payment of a subsidy of 8,625 million USD (€6.26 million).
This subsidy is intended to finance a project to integrate the airspace of COMESA, with a view to strengthening regional integration and creating a unified airspace, explains the ADB in a press release.
This project will thus enable the creation of a legal and regulatory framework to bring about this unification of the airspace of the COMESA region, which covers an area estimated at 12 million km2, but also the creation of an appropriate institutional framework which will be responsible for the regulation of regional air traffic services.
According to the secretary general of COMESA, Sindiso Ngwenya, whose words were reported in the ADB press release, "this project will make a significant contribution to improving both effectiveness and economies of scale with regard to airspace control."