IATA Announces Agenda For Its World Cargo Symposium

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) “will feature specialized tracks on Digitalization, Sustainability and Safety & Security.” The IATA WCS is taking place in Hong Kong (SAR), China from 12 – 14 March 2024.

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo said: “Air cargo is an unsung hero of the global economy. In normal times, it delivers some 35% of the value of goods traded across borders. In the pandemic, air cargo brought medical supplies and vaccines to where they were needed. And today it is providing a vital transport alternative for some products as Red Sea shipping lanes face geopolitical uncertainty. Air cargo’s success matters. When air cargo’s global leaders gather in Hong Kong for the IATA World Cargo Symposium, ensuring the future reliability and growth of this critical sector will be top of mind with an agenda focused on sustainability, digitalization, safety and security.”

Speakers at the WCS according to IATA include Ronald Lam, Cathay Group Chief Executive Officer, Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General and Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA’s SVP Sustainability and Chief Economist, who “will join Sullivan in setting the scene for the conference with keynote addresses.” Other speakers are:

  • Tom Owen, Director of Cargo, Cathay Pacific
  • Michael Steen, Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air
  • Vivian Lau, Chief Executive, Jardine Aviation Services Group
  • Kirsten de Bruijn, Executive Vice President Cargo, WestJet
  • Marco Bloeman, Managing Director, Accenture and Head of Accenture Cargo

IATA says: “The event’s overall theme of Driving Sustainable and Inclusive Growth will be supported by three tracks namely; Sustainability, Digitalization and Safety & Security”

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