— by Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General
Our Air Cargo Forum is merely weeks away, after almost two years of planning and building up the exhibitors and speakers’ pools, developing the program, establishing relations with new TIACA partners in different parts of the world, and solidifying links with our loyal members.
There was very significant teamwork which involved our Board members and the Secretariat, our marketing agency, and many other volunteers who contributed their time to testing the topics for the conference, promoting the event around world, and doing other useful work that has helped us approach the ACF with full readiness and great enthusiasm.
The panel and seminar series, and broad faculty of speakers, promises to make it a dynamic, well-connected event, bringing together thousands of decision-makers from across global air cargo industry, and beyond, under one roof.
The focus of our three-day event is very much on collaboration and partnerships. The expansion of TIACA’s geographical coverage has been one of the key objectives for the Association in the last two years.
I always have reported on my meetings and the signing of memoranda, mostly with Latin American and African entities. Many of them will be represented at the ACF: the African Airline Association, Airports Council International, Neutral Air Partner, Americas Alliance, AGUNSA, ALACAT, AMACARGA, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, to name just a few.
We continue to actively participate in the deliberations of the working groups and panels at ICAO and WCO. It is all about security, facilitation, dangerous goods, and e-commerce.
The latter has become one of the most actively pursued issues of the last two years.
Obviously, we make a point of attending meetings with such an agenda and making the views of TIACA known to them, influencing the development of new regulatory material.
This is in keeping with our new mission and vision, launched earlier this year, to keep our association relevant in an evolving marketplace where change is happening all around us.
We are determined as an association to expand our global presence and strengthen local connections in emerging air cargo markets, as well as to reach out to new regions.
There are some concrete missions in the coming weeks, about which I will report to you through our weekly publications.
We hope to see you at our Air Cargo Forum in Toronto, Canada from 16th to 18th October, for you to enjoy the many great opportunities of networking, sourcing new business prospects, and learning from the experts.