Emirates News Agency – List of high profile speakers highlights strengthening of aviation safety in the face of pandemic challenges
DUBAI, October 3, 2021 (WAM) – The 5th edition of the AVSEC Global Symposium kicked off today, bringing together globally recognized security experts, local and international government officials, policymakers and high-level industry professionals aviation safety. The three-day Symposium will host 35 speakers and over 700 delegates from over 50 countries.
AVSEC 2021 was officially opened earlier today by His Royal Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline & Group, and the event was attended by Juan Carlos Salazar, Secretary General of the ‘International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); Robert Courts, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the United Kingdom at the Department for Transport; Cherubin Okende, Minister of Transport of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), as well as other dignitaries and embassy officials representing a number of countries.
This edition of AVSEC focuses on ICAO’s ‘Year of Safety Culture’, which aims to holistically promote safety in all aspects of aviation operations as the industry recovers. . AVSEC 2021 is hosting 38 engaging sessions and workshops that will highlight hot topics in aviation security, such as environmental security, fraud risk management, wildlife trafficking, cargo security and K9, innovation in law enforcement, etc.
In his keynote address, Juan Salazar said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges and taught us new lessons, pushing us to adapt and evolve to maintain secure operations under very demanding circumstances. As operators continue to recover from its impact, we have had another opportunity to rethink our approach and update our strategies, and most importantly to remain flexible and responsive as international air transport recovers to redefine itself as as threats continue to evolve. ICAO is proud to serve as a hub for global strategic partnerships and effective government and industry cooperation in support of these important efforts.
Robert Courts said: “Over the past 18 months we have fought a different threat to public safety. The pandemic has reminded us of the interdependence of the global community. Adversity was an opportunity to work together and that international cooperation was vital. to maintain security in the sky. “Safety culture” has remained a common theme this year and, without a doubt, it amplifies and complements existing safety measures and underpins everything we do. “
Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi, Senior Vice President of Emirates Group Security (EGS), said: “The AVSEC Global Symposium hosted by EGS has become synonymous with sharing knowledge, inspiring new ideas and connecting minds to across the industry. Disruptive thinkers and decision-makers from around the world come together with the unanimous goal of learning, sharing experiences and improving practices as a whole. This year, by partnering with Dubai Expo 2020 and other leading aviation organizations, we have ensured that even with the current challenges the world faces, our event remains relevant and impactful. “
The event’s gala dinner will include the Excellence Awards, which recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in their roles, and organizations for significant advancements and contributions to the global security industry. aviation. In addition, 12 diverse workshops ranging from Cybersecurity, Future of AI to Modeling Risk Management will be organized for attendees during the last day of the Symposium, closing an action packed event. Delegates will also be able to visit Expo 2020 Dubai during the event, to complement their Dubai experience.
Organized by Emirates Group Security, AVSEC Global 2021 will be held October 3-5 in Dubai. Held since 2013, the AVSEC Global Symposium is one of the region’s most important aviation safety events and one of the largest in the world, attracting influential leaders, elite thinkers, innovators in safety solutions and world-renowned experts to discuss the latest developments in the field.
Previous editions of the event have helped strengthen discussions on sensitive but essential topics such as human trafficking, cybersecurity threats in aviation, artificial intelligence (AI), integration of blockchain technology in the aviation supply chain, challenging and changing the way the industry approaches these issues.
This year’s AVSEC Symposium also provided support offering all-expense-paid packages to professionals and industry leaders in developing countries to participate, learn, network and benefit from the Symposium, supporting the ICAO philosophy of “None. country left out ”.