E-Flash No. 104 - 31 August 2015

1.     The FIATA Ebola Fund: Great Achievements from Membership Contributions

Before moving to Taipei for the FIATA World Congress we should mention that the FIATA congress in Turkey was notable for many reasons, not least the establishment of the Ebola fund, which was kick-started by the FIATA Advisory Body Safety and Security. The pledges made during the gala dinner reached a sum greater than USD 100,000. We are delighted to advise that we have received and spent more than USD 100,000 to support the work to fight Ebola. This is a fantastic outcome and FIATA is thankful to all donors.

As an update, the Disease is still an important issue and fighting the disease is an on-going issue, despite having slipped away from the headlines. Globally the most recent figures are 27988 cases and 11299 deaths. Overall since the disease was identified in Guinea there have been 3786 Ebola confirmed cases and 2524 deaths. Liberia and Sierra Leone have been hit the worse with 10672 Ebola confirmed cases / 4808 deaths and 13494 Ebola confirmed cases / 3952 deaths respectively. However, just a few days ago on Monday, 24 August 2015, Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone. For the first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country.


2.     Changes to Indonesian Cargo Security Arrangements

Angkasa Pura II (APII) have taken the decision to close “Line 1” air cargo screening moving to an off airport screening location defined as “Line 2”. FIATA and other relevant stakeholders have expressed security concerns regarding the move.

The aim is that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Indonesia will engage with APII to further stress security vulnerabilities in an effort to provide air cargo security in compliance with recognised international standards and industry best practices.


3.     Registration for the 7th FIATA/UIC Marketplace Seminar

Have you already registered for the FIATA/UIC Marketplace Seminar titled "RAIL CROSSROADS"? The seminar will be held in Antwerp, Belgium on 24th and 25th of September 2015, with the goal of bringing together railway undertakings, terminal operators, freight forwarders and customers. The seminar fee is EUR 290.00 and includes the full seminar programme as well as a gourmet dinner on 24th of September 2015 and a technical visit to the port of Antwerp on 25th of September 2015.

A meaningful exchange of views requires limiting the event to a maximum number of participants and this is the organisers cannot guarantee access if your booking is late. If you are interested in attending, please register as early as possible on the special seminar website: http://www.marketplaceseminar.org/


4.     Global Trade Development Week (GTDW) - 27-29 October 2015 | Ritz Carlton DIFC Dubai, UAE

Under the patronage of H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates, the GTDW held in partnership with the Ministry of Economy UAE, will feature ovr 150 international speakers and 1000 participants across 100 nations and a private exhibition.

The GTDW will discuss important trade issues such as global value chains, cutting trade barriers, market access and much more. To learn more about the event, please visit www.kwglobaltrade.com where you can also register and receive a 10% discount using the code MPGTDW029. You can also register by phone at +60376511253 or email melissam(at)kwconfex.com.


5.     Ninety sessions to be held at 2015 WTO Public Forum

A total of 90 sessions will be held at the 2015 WTO Public Forum from 30 September to 2 October at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva. Entitled “Trade Works”, the Forum will focus on how and why trade works, and for whom. The sessions will be organized by a wide range of participants, including WTO members, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia, law firms and international organizations. FIATA is in the process of organising a side event which will focus on the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement at national and regional level.

For further information, please visit https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/pfor_20aug15_e.htm


6.     Liberia's Accession to World Trade Organization (WTO) Sealed

A high level team visiting Liberia from the World Trade Organization says Liberia accession to WTO will greatly benefit small businesses and consumers who are unable to lobby or negotiate on their behalf.

The Deputy Secretary General of the WTO Joakim Reiter said, the WTO package to Liberia will improve economic growth adding that it will reduce trade barrier and lower the costs of imports.

To read more please visit: http://allafrica.com/stories/201508240661.html


7.     Ethiopia: ICAO Commits to Assist Ethiopian Aviation Industry

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) expressed its willingness to provide the required assistance to the development of air transport in Ethiopia. The newly appointed secretary general of ICAO, Fang Liu (PhD), was in Addis Ababa this week for a two-day official visit.

Liu discussed the importance of air transport in the economic development of Africa. She reiterates ICAO's commitment to assist Africa in ensuring safe and reliable air transport in Africa.

To read more please visit: http://allafrica.com/stories/201508242322.html


8.     Foreign states biggest hurdle in implementing TIR system

The Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) on Monday said that Afghanistan was facing with problems in implementing the Transports Internationaux Routiers (International Road Transport) system in the country.

A vehicle from foreign countries entering Afghanistan pay $200 while a vehicle exporting goods from Afghanistan to foreign country pays $800 which was a large amount of money for trader to pay, he said.

To read more please visit: http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2015/08/24/%E2%80%98foreign-states-biggest-hurdle-implementing-tir-system%E2%80%99


31 August 2015

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