Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) concluded its participation in the Global Aviation Summit 2019 today in Mumbai, India, which was held in 15-16 of January 2019.
The summit was attended by their Excellences, the Ministers in addition to civil aviation Heads from around the Globe.
GACA’s aim through its participation in this global forum is to strengthen relations between the authority in the Kingdom and the aviation authority in India. In addition to highlight, its various projects in the field of civil aviation and air transport.
The President of GACA, Mr. Abdulhakim Al Tamimi, headed the Kingdom’s delegation where he met with Civil Aviation and Commerce Minister in India, Mr. Suresh Prabhu. They discussed the aviation industry and ways to improve support for airliners in both countries.
Mr. Al Tamimi, during a roundtable discussion entitled “Linking the World” reviewed the great achievements made by the Kingdom in the field of civil aviation and highlighted the Kingdom vast experiences in that field.
During the discussion, he mentioned the big support the GACA provides to aviation security and safety regionally and globally. He gave examples of the financial, technical and moral support that the Kingdom provides to the ICAO programs. One of these ICAO’s programs “No Country Left Behind” which the Kingdom contributed to its budget with one million dollars. This in addition to hosting and financing the permanent headquarters of (MENA RSOO), plus organizing the Global Ministerial Aviation Conference, that was held 2016 with the participation of (54) countries, (13) organizations and (450) companies and witnessed (11) scientific sessions.
Mr. Al Tamimi went on to talk about the Kingdom’s interest in the Muslim population around the world and the effort put upon facilitating their performance of Hajj and Umrah. He highlighted the statistical numbers that showed pilgrims arriving from outside the Kingdom making up to 94% of all pilgrims, and Umrah takers, which amounted to 10.3 million in 2017. Moreover, according to the Kingdom’s vision 2030 that number is supposed to increase to 30 million per year.
It is worth mentioning that the Global Aviation Summit 2019 that was held in India has attracted the participation of individuals with expertise and experience in the field of civil aviation at an international level. The summit highlighted the most important experiences and success stories amongst the participants. The Ministers also discussed ways to ensure safety and security standards through a rapid and comprehensive environmental system.