Dear TIACA members and all the participants in the air cargo industry! From 1 January 2017 I will be doing a very challenging job of TIACA’s Secretary General.
Thinking about the major objectives, I recall the most frequently pronounced words from the platforms of TIACA’s Executive Summit along with ACF, IATA’s WCS, AGM, and other major air cargo industry fora.
It’s: “working together” and “engaging”. The understanding of the importance of global collaboration is there. The practical realization of this vision is not. There is still a big divide between the regulators and the “does” in the air cargo industry as well as between the demands coming from the regulators in different countries. No need to explain the consequences – you know then too well.
I consider one of the major common tasks for 2017 – from proclaiming the need of “working together” to truly intensify the practices of working together.
I am starting my year by meeting the top officials of ICAO to discuss the issues of dangerous goods, AVSEC and FAL, joint regional conferences aiming at the implementation; technology, solution, and cooperation with other major aviation and aviation related organizations: IATA, ACI, SITA, WCO, WTO, as well as regional development agencies.
I will be reporting to you about the outcome of such meetings, looking for your views and advice.
I wish all of you a prosperous and Happy New Year!