The 3rd World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum was opened by Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore.
It was attended by some 100 chief executives from civil aviation authorities, airports and air navigation service providers from over 50 countries and 10 international/regional aviation organisations.
The theme of the Forum was “Aviation in Challenging Times: Building Resilience, Leading Recovery”. Mr Roberto Kobeh González, President of the Council of ICAO, delivered the keynote address.
In his welcome address, Minister Lim spoke on the importance of focusing on key fundamentals – aviation safety, commercial viability and air services liberalisation, as a catalyst for economic recovery. He said, “Singapore is honoured to contribute by bringing together the thought leaders of the industry for this distinguished event. It is only with the cooperation and commitment of all stakeholders that the aviation industry can ride out the storm and emerge stronger.”
In his keynote address, Mr Kobeh highlighted the various complex and interrelated issues that the aviation industry faces today such as the impact of shifting and emerging regional markets, new and potentially devastating security threats, as well as climate changes in the environment, and said, “We can best address all issues confronting us through global cooperation… This will reinforce our collective ability to shape the coming recovery and build greater resilience into the global air transport system.”
During the opening ceremony, Minister Lim and Mr Kobeh also signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to renew and expand the ICAO-Singapore Developing Country Training Programme. The Programme will provide for 180 fellowships for specialised SAA courses from 2010 to 2012.
The Forum featured 11 speakers under three sessions viz Challenges and Opportunities in Turbulent Times, Regulating for Resilience and Recovery and Capacity Building and Operational Efficiency, ending with a Breakfast Talk on “Singapore’s experience in building and managing a world-class airport”. Other highlights of the Forum included networking sessions through a Welcome Dinner, Cocktail Reception, Social Programme, exhibition and site visits to Terminal 3 and Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre.
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