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Secretary General's Message: MIA intends to become the e-Commerce hub of the Americas

Friday, January 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Secretary General's Message


by Vladimir Zubkov



MIA intends to become the E-commerce hub of the Americas

I have a practice of sharing news about events and achievements ofTIACA members. This time it’s about Miami International Airport and its plans for the development of E-commerce at MIA.

Warren Jones and I last Thursday attendeda workshop at Miami airport “Converge to Emerge: Navigating the Landscape for E-commerce Expansion,” which started bya statement of Joseph F. Napoli, Chief of Staff of Miami-Dade Aviation Department, that MIA has established a goal of becoming the E-commerce hub of the Americas. There are concrete plans for connecting the airport to the Asian and African destinations and further enhancing connections with the Latin American and Caribbean countries.

We should congratulate Miami Airport for an excellent agenda and especially for bringing together a highly diverse group of entities, the key stakeholders in the process, to share, to learn and eventually to achieve a common goal.

The practical outcome of the workshop is in establishing a Task Force whose members will work collaboratively to achieve a defined set of critical goals in the next phase of MIA's E-commerce "Converge to Emerge" initiative. The initial meeting is already planned for the week of January 28th.

In a meeting with Joe Napoli and his colleagues the day after the workshop we agreed that TIACA’s contacts in the regions of strategic interest to MIA, our recent MoUs with AFRAA, Asian and Latin American entities could be contributing factors to accelerate E-commerce activities at Miami Airport and to achieve its strategic objective to turn MIA’s vision of becoming the E-commerce hub of the Americas into reality.

Final remark – it’s hardly coincidental that in this issue there are three articles related to E-commerce. This subject obviously dominates business agendas of all forward-looking enterprises in the air cargo industry.

Vladimir Zubkov

TIACA Secretary General


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