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In fiscal year 2009, there are over 30 projects or project components in all of the six World Bank Regions, and IFC has 26 active investments and several advisory mandates. A strong focus of the Bank's air transport projects is in Africa, where the implementation of the West and Central Africa Air Safety and Security project is underway. Several other projects are implemented in Eastern and Southern Africa, and a major air traffic infrastructure project for the East Africa Community States is in preparation. The implementation of the air traffic management and airport rehabilitation project in Afghanistan nears completion, and the Egypt Airports Development Project is progressing well.

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Africa
In international comparison, aviation in Africa is seriously lagging behind in terms of growth, safety, and efficiency, despite the fact that it could play a key role in the economic development of the continent. One of the obstacles to the emergence of a modern and efficient air transport system is often identified as the insufficient implementation of the Yamoussoukro Decision, which was supposed to liberalize intra-continental air services among all African countries. A strong focus of the IBRD and IDA air transport projects is in Africa where the Bank also provides policy reform recommendation and technical assistance.
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East Asia & Pacific
For the East Asia and Pacific region which has a sustainable annual growth of over 7% for the past few years, the World Bank’s strategy is focused on supporting government programs through a combination of lending and high value added services and knowledge transfer.
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Europe & Central Asia
In Europe and Central Asia, improving air safety and security is of paramount importance and will require multi-country cooperation in oversight and investment. Large scale aviation reforms and investments (separation of airlines, airports, and air traffic management operations) are being implemented in many Europe and Central Asia countries. Fleet renewal is critical for most operators in order to improve safety and to access international markets. Concessions and privatization will be considered in the next steps. Phasing out subsidies to airlines and exposing them to increasingly liberal market conditions would lead to improved efficiency and, under competent management, to successful privatization.
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Latin America & Caribbean
Airlines, airports, and logistics serving the region follow its economic development trend. After experiencing an increase in traffic volume, the region's airports and air carriers are now trying to meet international standards in terms of providing safer and more convenient air transport.
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Middle East & North Africa
The air transport sector plays an important role in the economies of the Middle East and North Africa region. It is essential to meet the objectives of accelerating economic development through export led growth, creating jobs and reducing vulnerability and exclusion. In general, air transport systems in the MENA region are relatively well developed with facilities of air transport network. The quality of air transport infrastructure is, however, often deficient and cannot support growing, modern economies.
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South Asia
The World Bank’s support for this region includes technical assistance for the region’s civil aviation authority capacity building as well as infrastructure investment. For countries like Afghanistan, its major challenge is post-war reconstruction to promote economic recovery and development.
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FEATURED RESEARCH



Africa Infrastructure
Country Diagnostic
Study- Airports and
Air Transport:
The Sky's the Limit

A Bank study concluded that Africa’s air transport infrastructure is not at the heart of the sector’s problems: the number of airports is stable, and there are enough runways to handle existing traffic.

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Yemen

Republic of Yemen Air Transport Sector Review
The sector note has provided a review of service performance, competition policy, institutional framework, and financing of Yemen's air transport sector.




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