The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) organised its 6th World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum (WCACEF) from 11 to 13 July 2017. The event was attended by over 150 aviation leaders from 75 countries and 14 international and regional organisations. Themed “Advancing Aviation; Fortifying Fundamentals”, the Forum discussed the core challenges facing the aviation industry and how leaders can seek opportunities to develop sustainable strategies to shape the future of aviation.
At the start of the Forum, delegates were treated to a panoramic sight of Singapore’s illuminated cityscape at the Welcome Reception hosted by the Chairman of CAAS, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, held at Sky Suites @ Equinox Level.
The delegates took the opportunity to renew friendships and forge new ones
with colleagues and industry peers
The Forum was then officially opened by Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, Singapore, followed by a keynote address by Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
At the opening of WCACEF, two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) were also signed to enhance aviation security leadership training and air traffic management research.
Signing of Annex 2 of the MOU on Cooperation in Leadership and Management Training by Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of ICAO (left) and Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister for Education (Schools) and Second Minister for Transport, Singapore (right)
MOU on research collaboration between CAAS and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD),
signed by Prof Chong Tow Chong, Provost, SUTD (left) and Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General (DG), CAAS (right)
The Forum comprised of three panels featuring a total of 19 speakers. The Forum’s three panel sessions delved into discussions on how States can embrace aviation growth and build efficiency, the challenges and financial considerations of the Global Market-Based Measure scheme as well as the future role of aviation safety regulation.
Panel 1 - Embracing Growth; Building Efficiency
Panel 2 - Supporting Sustainability; Offsetting Emissions
Panel 3 - Ensuring Oversight; Rethinking Safety
Delegates also witnessed the signing of a Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification and the signing of a MOU for the world’s first space-based Very High Frequency (VHF) communications initiative that seeks to increase air traffic management capacity and efficiency in the Singapore Flight Information Region.
Signing of Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification
between CAAS and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA),
signed by Mr Patrick Ky, Executive Director, EASA (left) and Mr Kevin Shum, DG, CAAS (right)
Signing of MOU among CAAS, ST Electronics and GomSpace on
Exploration of Space-based VHF Communications,
signed by Mr Tang Kum Chuen, Deputy President, ST Electronics (left);
Mr Kevin Shum, DG, CAAS (middle) and Mr Niel Buss, CEO, GomSpace (right)
The visit to the National Museum of Singapore presented delegates with
Singapore’s history and culture in a modern setting
Banquet Dinner hosted by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State,
Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, Singapore, at Shangri-La Hotel
The Forum concluded with the Closing Remarks by Mr Kevin Shum, DG, CAAS, where he mentioned the importance of WCACEF serving as a platform for collaboration given that, “Today's complexity means that solutions are not with any one of us individually, but collectively as an aviation community.” Delegates then proceeded to attend a Lunch Talk on “Ethical Leadership” with Mr Richard Magnus, Chairman of the Public Transport Council, Singapore. Following which, delegates were also given an opportunity to visit either the Singapore Airlines Training Centre or Aerospace Hub @ Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central.
Technical visits to Singapore Airlines Training Centre (left) and Aerospace Hub @ ITE College Central (right)
We wish to thank all delegates, speakers and exhibitors for their participation and contribution to the Forum. For more pictures of the Forum, please click here to visit our Facebook page.