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President of the Council of ICAO; Keynote speaker for the 2017 ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly Conference & Exhibition

Montréal, 26 September 2017 – Airports Council International (ACI) World announces Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as Keynote speaker for the  27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly Conference & Exhibition, taking place from 16–18 October 2017 in Port Louis, Mauritius under the theme “Bold leadership in a time of change.”

Dr. Aliu is expected to outline the Aviation Benefits report, a joint initiative between ICAO, ACI and other prominent international aviation organizations, that highlights the industry’s commitment to the sustainable development of aviation as tool for growth and development. It is aimed mainly at government leaders and national planners, contains a summarized checklist on the steps to be taken by governments to maximize these air transport benefits, helpful overviews of the related investment, partnership and planning priorities and comprehensive regional summaries of aviation’s far-reaching socio-economic impacts.

“It is my great honour to be able to address this engaging topic from the standpoint of ICAO’s role as the global leader of air transport cooperation,” said Dr. Aliu. “ICAO and ACI are very determined and engaged partners in this regard and it will be my pleasure to join them at their next Assembly in Mauritius and to highlight some of the challenges now being faced by both African and global aviation.”

 “ACI is pleased to have Dr. Aliu join over 500 airport practitioners from around the world in Mauritius,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “Dr. Aliu’s participation builds on a long lasting relationship between ACI and ICAO. Both organizations share a common vision of aviation as socio-economic drivers and Dr. Aliu has led great strides towards achieving that vision.”

Other noteworthy events:

The ACI Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards ceremony and the DG Roll of Excellence inductions will take place during the conference’s Gala Dinner on 17 October 2017. Kindly hosted by AML, the annual ASQ Awards recognize and reward the best airports in the world according to ACI’s ASQ passenger satisfaction survey.

On the morning of 18 October 2017, ACI will launch the APEX in Security programme. This is a voluntary capacity building programme that enables airports to benefit from the experience of other experts through a peer review process. It follows the same essential model of the established APEX in Safety programme based on ICAO guidance and ACI’s best practices.

Later that same day, the conference will also celebrate the graduates of the ACI-ICAO  Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP). Launched in 2007, the programme has become the globally recognized and respected curriculum for the career excellence of airport executives. Meshesha Belayneh, Chief, Global Aviation Training and Deputy Director of the Technical Cooperation Bureau, ICAO, will attend the ceremony.

Notes for editors
1.Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2017, ACI serves 623 members operating 1,940 airports in 176 countries.

2. Register or learn more about the  27th Annual ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference & Exhibition.

3. View the  27th ACI Africa/World Annual Assembly, Conference, and Exhibition’s full programme.

4. View the  2016 winners of the ASQ Awards.

5. Download the PDF version of this media release.

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ACI World 
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