By Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General (pictured)
Networking has always been considered one of the strongest benefits of TIACA membership.
We want to be wide in geography and diverse in the type of business participating in the air cargo supply chain.
This is what gives direction to our efforts in expanding and maintaining our contacts.
Last November, we organized for the first time an air cargo session at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and solidified our relationship with them.
We continued exploring Africa at the Air Cargo Africa event in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Before and right after the start of the year, we participated in four events in the Middle East – in Oman, Dubai, the UAE, and Qatar, which I wrote about in the recent Friday Flyer.
Then we turned to building links with two regional Airports Council International (ACI) events – ACI North America, which just completed in Las Vegas, and ACI Asia Pacific, which in a few weeks will receive TIACA’s delegation.
Our partner of two years, the American Freight Forwarders’ Association, was happy to receive our input at their annual meeting held last week.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) participated in and recognized the value of an innovative Masterclass held at Brussels Airport.
European Commission officials and the SG had a fruitful exchange on the regulatory and aeropolitical issues, which is to continue.
Expansion of TIACA’s network remains one of our top strategic objectives.