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ICAO-EASA Forum emphasizes targets in face of SE Asian traffic growth

They are three: safety, security and efficiency

ICAO Secretary General Fang Liu highlighted a series of important air transport priorities to an audience of South East Asian governments, focusing on the direct relationships between forecast regional growth, improved ICAO safety, security and operational compliance, and the resulting assurance of rising socio-economic prosperity for local populations. Her remarks were delivered to participants at the ICAO-EASA forum on Civil Aviation in South East Asia being held from 12-14 September in Bangkok and were complemented during the opening session by the statements delivered by the Minister of Transport of Thailand, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, Patrick Ky, and the International Air Transport Association’s Asia Pacific Regional Vice President, Conrad Clifford. ICAO fully supports the increased liberalization of air and freight services globally, given the clear and very positive impacts it helps to achieve in terms of operator profitability, network expansion, and increased tourism, trade and investment more generally. Current projections point to air traffic volumes among ASEAN States tripling to more than 20,000 flights per day by the year 2033. In addition to a series of calls to action regarding safety oversight performance levels in the Asia Pacific Region, and more specifically in support of the targets established under the Beijing Declaration which were agreed by the Asia/Pacific Ministerial Conference on Civil Aviation earlier this year, Dr. Liu also emphasized some acute aviation security concerns in need of further attention. Liu concluded by stressing that many States still continue to struggle in complying with international aviation safety standards specifically because they lack sufficient human resources and technical capacities, drawing attention to ICAO’s Next Generation Aviation Professionals (NGAP) programme, and its upcoming Summit in Shenzhen, China this December. Prior to commencement of the ICAO-EASA forum, she had a meeting with the Minister of Transport of Thailand, Hon. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and the Director General of Civil Aviation of Thailand, Chula Sukmanop during which important and current civil aviation matters of mutual interest were discussed. Liu agreed to enhance the cooperation between ICAO and Thailand and thanked the Minister for Thailand’s continued investment in the regional office’s premise. The Thai Minister reiterated his commitment to their continuous efforts in enhancing Thailand’s safety and security oversight systems.

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