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Infrastructure Development and Regulatory Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Air Transport

Andrea Goldstein

No 154, OECD Development Centre Working Papers from OECD Publishing

Abstract: This Technical Paper analyses the main policy issues raised by regulatory reform in air transport in sub–Saharan Africa. Its basic premise is that improving air infrastructure is of paramount importance for the region as it tries to integrate more thoroughly into the world economy. On the basis of the experience of OECD countries with privatisation, liberalisation, and regulatory design, the author analyses progress being made in sub– Saharan Africa and identifies three important case studies: the restructuring of the regional airline of Francophone Western Africa, the sell–off of the state–owned airline of Kenya, and the overall reform process in South Africa, by far the largest market in the sub–continent.The analysis highlights the importance of regional dynamics in the upgrading of the air transport industry in developing and emerging areas. Sub–Saharan Africa has made smaller progress in this respect than, for instance, Central America. As the start of the Millenium Round and ... Ce Document analyse les principales questions de politique économique soulevées par la réforme de la réglementation du transport aérien en Afrique subsaharienne. Il montre que l’amélioration de l’infrastructure du transport aérien constitue un enjeu fondamental dans les efforts de la région pour s’intégrer devantage dans l’économie mondiale. Sur la base des expériences des pays de l’OCDE dans les domaines de la privatisation, de la libéralisation et de la réglementation, l’auteur analyse les progrès réalisés en Afrique subsaharienne et identifie trois études de cas particulièrement importantes : la restructuration de la compagnie aérienne régionale de l’Afrique de l’Ouest francophone, la vente de la compagnie aérienne publique du Kenya et le processus plus général de réformes en Afrique du Sud, de loin le plus grand marché du continent.L’analyse met en lumière l’importance des dynamiques régionales pour renforcer l’industrie du transport aérien dans les pays émergents et en ...

Date: 1999-10-01
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