Punta Cana: 95 countries at aviation symposium

The III Global Implementation Support Symposium of the International Civil Aviation Organization (GISS) will be held in the tourist community of Punta Cana, from April 30 to May 2, 2024, with the expected participation of 95 countries.

This was informed by the general director of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC), Héctor Porcella, who emphasized that this is one of the most important events of the ICAO, being the first time it will be held in the American Continent.

According to Porcella, the choice of the RD as the venue for the meeting is a recognition of the growing importance of this country in the field of world aviation.

He noted that the organizing committee has extended official invitations to President Luis Abinader to preside over the opening ceremony. The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, and other high-ranking officials and representatives of the Dominican aeronautical and business sectors have also been invited.

Under the direction and coordination of ICAO President Salvatore Sciacchitano and Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar, the symposium aims to showcase the latest digital tools developed by ICAO. It will also highlight the organization’s key initiatives and collaborative efforts to strengthen aviation resilience, drive innovation, promote Punta Cana Sinopsiosustainable development and offer new operational solutions.

Objectives and highlighted themes

Under the theme “Optimizing Aviation Capacity: Strategies for Safe Skies and a Sustainable Future,” interactive panels will delve into crucial implementation support and capacity development activities. Topics will range from the development of modernized airport infrastructures to crisis response and preparedness, advanced air mobility and the role of air transport in tourism growth.

The symposium will also address key issues in aviation training, exploring the importance of emerging technologies to drive effective training projects, as well as competency-based training to develop a skilled workforce adaptable to the demands of the future.

Discussions will also focus on ICAO’s proposed “Finvest Hub” initiative, which emphasizes the need for increased collaboration between the aviation sector and financial institutions to meet the goal of decarbonizing aviation by 2050.

In addition to participating in discussions with aviation experts, Member States will have the opportunity to explore the latest industry products and services from sponsors and exhibitors.

The symposium is open to all aviation-related entities, including Ministries, Directorates General of Civil Aviation, international and regional organizations, aviation service providers, financial and development institutions, academic institutions, industry partners and other stakeholders.

Source: Arecoa.com

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