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Value of Regional Events, Value of Working Hand in Hand with TIACA Members

Friday, November 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Value of Regional Events, Value of Working Hand in Hand with TIACA Members


Vladimir Zubkov



I am on my way to Africa again. This time to Kigali, Rwanda, to the AGM of AFRAA – the Association of African Airlines. I will write about the experience there next week, but now I wish to state that we are continuing a steady policy of working with regional organizations and using regional events for networking, learning and making our contribution.


Jakarta, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Tbilisi and Baku – these are the most notable air cargo conferences we worked with in the last 10 months. I have not shared my views earlier on the CASPIAN AIR CARGO SUMMIT 2017, held on 10-11 October in Baku, only because we were focused on our recent Executive Summit and AGM in Miami.


Now reflecting on the Caspian Summit, where more than 200 participants from 40 countries exchanged cards, information and knowledge, I can say that it was quite special for many reasons. A rich and imaginative conference program which you can see at and a very unique local flavor with connections to the oil and gas industry and to One Belt One Road prospects but most importantly – the opportunity to support our members, the main force behind the Summit.


Both Silk Way and Silk Way West are long-standing Trustee members which actively participate in TIACA events, and this time they specifically asked for TIACA to make a contribution to this conference. The Caspian Air Cargo Summit is a well-established event which with the help of Lars-Gunnar Comen, Director of EUROAVIA INTERNATIONAL has become a real International event. As mentioned above – it was attended by representatives from more than 40 countries. This means that TIACA had an opportunity to talk with a very large group of specialists in air cargo, share our vision on the industry and on the future of TIACA. Plus you never stop learning from the regional events. TIACA, IATA and other big players have succeeded in organizing global conferences with an accent on the global issues, but the Caspian Air Cargo Summit with its locality and emphasis on the regional development is a completely different undertaking.


My experience from this Summit only confirmed the need for increasing the global reach for new members. And not only this, but for intensifying our contacts with our existing members which are working in regions not often visited by TIACA functionaries. I was very impressed with the way the Silk Way Group had done their part in the organization of the event and with the fact that the top Silk Way officials were almost always present in the conference hall and in the networking breaks. I spent quite some time talking to Mr. Zaur Akhundov, President of the Silk Way Group. His clear and ambitious plans for the development of the Group, his way of organizing the business, as well as his magnetic personality can be an excellent source for inspiration for any kind of enterprises. I think we need to have more leaders like this up on the podium sharing their experience and vision on the modernization and positioning of the air cargo industry. I definitely would like him to play a role in the Air Cargo Forum 2018, in Toronto.


On a social note – whoever has not seen Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, should include it in their travel plans.


Vladimir Zubkov

TIACA Secretary General

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