Under the patronage of
H.R.H Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Saudi Arabia

GACA will highlight the significance of Aviation Safety & Security at Global Ministerial Summit on Aviation

27 July, 2016
Saudi Arabia

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) held a press conference announcing the details and objectives of hosting the Global Ministerial Summit on Civil Aviation, which will be held from the 26 to the 28 of Dhual Qa’dah, corresponding to the 29th to the 31st of August, 2016 in Riyadh under the patronage of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz. Capt. Abdulhakeem Albadur, assistant to the president for safety, security and air transport revealed during the press conference that during the summit, the Kingdom will be announcing regional initiatives pertaining to aviation safety and security. This in addition to financial assistant approved by the Kingdom to support the International Organization (ICAO) program. The program seek to assist States that are not capable to applying rules and regulations of ICAO pertaining to aviation safety.

He explained that the summit will feature a large number of transport ministers from around the world which will be held in Riyadh with the participation of a large number of civil aviation presidents. This in an effort to determine and shape the future of civil aviation in the world. During the summit which is organized by GACA in cooperation with the ICAO and the Arab Authority of Civil Aviation (ACAC) and the participation of a number of experts, companies and relevant authorities that deals with civil aviation affairs. He went on to say that he values the exceptional patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz for this important summit.

Albadur, also stated that the issue of passenger’s security and their safety comes as one of the biggest concerns of global and regional organizations that contribute to the upgrading of the aviation industry and its development especially in light of what the world is experiencing form political and safety concerns affecting civil aviation industry and passenger’s safety. He went on to say that this makes us unite our efforts and to exchange international experience among countries. He stated that global studies indicate that the turnout on air travel and the contribution of civil aviation sectors in the economies of those given countries will increase dramatically. The international air transport association (IATA) in their latest studies expects to double the number of air travelers in the world from (3.3) billion passengers in 2014 to reach 7 billion passengers in 2034, while the contribution to the gross national product at a global level is expected to rise from (2.4) trillion dollars to reach 6 trillion dollars. The rise in the number of jobs provided now will increase from (58) million jobs to reach (105) million jobs.

He added that the strategic objectives of GACA is the development of secured skies according to the precise safety standards and the application of rules, regulations and procedures to ensure the safety and security of air transport. From this perspective came the idea of the Kingdom hosting this summit, which is the first international summit of its kind in the region. This comes as an extension of the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in supporting aviation security and safety and to help fight against security and terrorist threats of all kind.

For his part the CEO of Sky Prime, Mr. Salem Muzaini emphasized that the Global Ministerial Summit of Civil Aviation is an important opportunity and a strategic move for the renaissance of the aviation sector and related services in the region. This is accomplished through exchange of the best practices in this area between leaders of our region and the rest of the world. Also to activate the global cooperation and to emphasize the importance of safety and security standards. Muzaini also noted the importance of supporting programs and regional initiatives designed to serve civil aviation sector, which is the goal Sky Prime, pointing the Kingdom by hosting the summit and presence of such a large number of transport ministers and heads of civil aviation from around the world confirms its leading global position in the aviation stage. Hoping that the summit comes out with recommendations contributing to renaissance and the development of the Kingdom and the entire world in the field of aviation services.

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