Thursday, March 03, 2016

AIR CARGO INDIA 2016 addresses key issues in the industry

The three-day event of AIR CARGO INDIA 2016, the 6th edition of the International Biennial Air Cargo event being organised by STAT Trade Times got to a good start with Dr Renuka Parmar, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India lighting the lamp and officially inaugurating the event. Prominent leaders of the air freight industry from across the globewere present on the occasion. The event attracted more delegates and visitors than its previous edition in 2014. There were 434 delegates and 3450 trade visitors. 70 leading companies exhibited their products and services at the three-day event held in Grand Hyatt in Mumbai from February 23 to 25.
Dr Parmar also delivered the keynote address marking the starting of the three day conference. Earlier, Mr R K Patra, Group Editor-in-Chief of STAT Media Group, to which STAT Trade Times belongs, took Dr Parmar round the expo centre to view the exhibition. In his welcome speech, Mr.Patra pointed out the fact that the event was taking place in the backdrop of the MAKE IN INDIA initiative of the Government of India aimed at boosting the manufacturing activities and thereby promoting the export industry. The main theme of the event was MAKE IN INDIA-AIR CARGO MAKES IT HAPPEN. Dr.Parmar sounded optimistic that in spite of the decline in exports witnessed in the preceding year, the trade would pick up sooner than later. She also dwelt on the importance of air freight industry to the success of the MAKE IN INDIA initiative.

The session that followed soon after witnessed an objective and no holds barred discussion on how the air freight industry will play an integral role in making the MAKE IN INDIA initiative a success. Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo, IATA moderated the session. He kicked off the discussion addressing the question to the panellists if the air freight industry in India is ready to provide the right links to the global market. Nurturing skilled labour, creating an environment conducive to business by relaxing regulations, adopting technology for ease of doing business were some of the main issues discussed.

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