A couple of weeks ago you came across in the social media pictures where TIACA SG is shaking hands with the President and Secretary General of ICAO, Dr Benard Aliu and Dr Fang Liu (pictured above), respectively. Old friendship? Picture opportunity? Not exactly.
There was our first opportunity after my assumption of the SG duties to review in a structured way the whole range of questions where TIACA and ICAO have common interest.
You may be aware that it’s quite a few years since ICAO and TIACA signed a Declaration of Intent expressing desire to work together on the most current issues. And we did.
However, time has come to review and establish priorities. That’s why we met on 9 March.
It might be useful to recall what’s different between these two senior positions? President is presiding over the 36 strong ICAO Council – political body consisting of representatives of all the regions in the world. It is the supreme body between the triennial Assembly meetings of all the ICAO contracting states.
The Secretary General is the implementer of the Assembly and Council decisions.
Who is more important to the air cargo industry? Both! Example: the lithium batteries were banned from the passenger flights by the Council when the Secretariat favored more lenient approach. One can assume with a good reason that while successfully engaging the Secretariat in the industry issues we left the policy makers uncovered. Hence the result.
That was the preface to the meetings – first with SG and then with the President.
The topics discussed on 9 March 2017
AAA. UN – security resolution 2309 (2016) – joint participation in fulfilment:
Resolution 2309 (2016) Security Council “Calls for Closer Collaboration to Ensure Safety of Global Air Services”.
In identifying the areas where such collaboration could be established we noted that amongst several clear messages which UN Security Council delivered there are three of common importance: all states need to work with and through the international regulatory body, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to ensure that international standards keep pace with the threat. that provision for targeted capacity development, training and other technical assistance is also needed to enable all states to implement aviation security measures effectively.
The international community needs enhanced collaboration to address the threat, risks and vulnerability including between ICAO and UN Counter Terrorism bodies.
It’s understood that the UN and international community are expecting that ICAO will be taking actions in connection with items above.
TIACA offers participation in the ICAO endeavors by sharing the experience of the air cargo industry in the practical implementation of the ICAO resolutions and guidance.
There are members of TIACA who are capable of giving assistance to those who need to implement security measures.
With the expectation that funding of these initiatives is going to be secured by the UN, ICAO and TIACA can develop joined programmes in the capacity development, training and practical implementation of the security measures.
The alternative – to leave it to the states’ authorities who will simply impose new regulations on the industry which is already burdened with serious security measures.
TIACA suggested to identify practical steps, which can be taken in implementation of the UN Resolution 2309 in the air cargo field and agree on the respective roles of the two organizations.
Also suggested to utilize potential of the TIACA members who have proven experience in the security field for concrete projects in the States in need.
BBB. Safety and Security based on one platform (there are two parallel ICAO audit programmes which may be coordinated for efficiency)
It’s considered rational in both ICAO and TIACA that the work on two plans (Safety and Security) be implemented in coordination.
Funding for the implementation remains the main issue. UN must be interested - resolution 2309 (2016).
TIACA suggested to identify a practical way to address gaps and vulnerabilities.To be able to finance this important work to jointly approach the UN, World Bank, Development banks and other development institutions. To recommend TIACA as an execution agency.
CCC. Connectivity based on the experience of Airport Community System
There is a group of the European airports, led by Brussels, Heathrow, and Schiphol which have implemented the Airport Community System. Reference - click here
All are members of TIACA, with BRU being on the Board. Sharing and helping in implementation of similar systems should help improve connectivity and efficiency. There is a preliminary agreement which can lead to consultancy from these proven sources.
TIACA suggested to identify where such experience is mostly needed. We can look at cases like the Addis Ababa newly built cargo terminal, which is to be put in service within a few months, as a candidate for business case and a pilot project.
To be able to finance this project – to approach the World Bank, Development banks and other development institutions and to show to them the importance of the proper organization of the airport's cargo business for the economies of the countries in need. To recommend TIACA as an execution agency.
Use the findings of the IATA study Global Value Chain to illustrate the benefits of increased air cargo flow for the international trade in a certain country (1:6.3 ratio).
DDD. Develop a roster of experts; use them for the above and in TCB projects
TIACA, knowing its members through their contribution to different events and completion of the work programme, has potential for supplying experts for completion of the ICAO initiated projects.
We can establish a joint roster, giving the experts sort of a certification in the disciplines where they have proven experience: security, electronic documentation, connectivity and Airport Community Systems, general management, etc.
TIACA suggested to work out the requirements for such a roster and parameters for inclusion of experts, monitoring their activities, remuneration and other related elements.
Assess potential for involvement of the African and other donor and development organizations in financing of consultancy on the basis of the proven benefits.
EEE. Use of the Regional Offices for promotion of the air cargo disciplines
TIACA suggested to include the cargo subjects in the ICAO Regional Office work programme.
Regional Office Manual (ROM) is just in the stage of being updated by ICAO.
We should use ICAO regional meetings, groups and its members for promotion of joint projects in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific; development of pilot projects and a business cases.
FFF. Develop a cargo training course under Trainair +
There is a lack of training effort in the air cargo field. This void is especially apparent at the levels where decisions on priorities and distribution of resources are taken, as well amongst those working in the adjacent disciplines.
TIACA suggested to use the interactive course, developed for ICAO in 2014 and complete it with the material reflecting the latest developments in the areas of security, including the cyber security, facilitation and electronic documentation; to develop a cargo module for ICAO training seminars.
GGG. Continue with joint meetings
TIACA suggested using the experience for preparation for the Second Air Cargo Conference (Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, June 2017), start working on the Second Air Cargo Conference in China early enough to complete all the cycles for effective agenda and informative exhibition.
The same for West and Northern Africa – in Morocco, one of the most vibrant air cargo countries
To consider a special ICAO session at the next TIACA Air Cargo Forum (Toronto, 16-18 October 2018) as well as a Council meeting devoted to the global air cargo issues.
The discussions have shown high degree of mutual understanding and willingness to complement each other’s efforts.
Both officials confirmed their full commitment to the progressing of the air cargo agenda and requested TIACA to provide them with the needs of the industry in the areas of the ICAO expertise.
Respective offices in the Secretariat are being informed, and now our task is to make good use of the cooperative platform.
Follow up actions are being undertaken at the working level.
REQUEST TO ALL TIACA MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS TOO:
Please come back to the TIACA Secretariat with the suggestions where you see a need for the regulatory bodies like ICAO, WCO, (any other one?) to step in, to participate, to develop new regulations or change the existing ones.
Try to justify, giving the benefits for innovations or a different approach.
Remember, please, that the ADVOCACY is one of the key TIACA objectives.
We want to direct our efforts in the directions most needed to the members and to the air cargo industry in general.
Vladimir D. Zubkov
Secretary General of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)
Mobile: +1 (613) 620-63-37 Email: VZUBKOV@TIACA.ORG