In­dian takes charge of TIACA

San­jiv Ed­ward, Head of Cargo Busi­ness, DIAL has for­mally taken over as Chair­man of TIACA (The In­ter­na­tional Air Cargo As­so­ci­a­tion) from Oliver Evans at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing held in Mi­ami on May 21, 2015. With an aim to give a di­rec­tion to the or­gani

Cargo Talk - - FRONT PAGE - KALPANA LOHUMI

Q How are you feel­ing be­ing elected as the Chair­man of The In­ter­na­tional Air Cargo As­so­ci­a­tion (TIACA)?

I am de­lighted to be tak­ing up this po­si­tion, as it is a mat­ter of pride for me, my coun­try and my com­pany. TIACA has a rich history and bright fu­ture, con­tribut­ing to the global cargo in­dus­try. It is an hon­our to head an in­ter­na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly in the lo­gis­tics sec­tor. It rep­re­sents In­dia as an emerg­ing leader. The ten­ure is two years, from May 21, 2015 – May 21, 2017.

Q What role did you play as a mem­ber in 2013? And what will be your re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as the chair­man now?

I am in­volved with TIACA since 2008 and I have served on the In­dus­trial Af­fair com­mit­tee. There, the pri­mary fo­cus is to es­tab­lish TIACA as the prin­ci­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the air cargo in­dus­try. The com­mit­tee looks at TIACA’s in­volve­ment while ad­dress­ing cus­toms sim­pli­fi­ca­tion, se­cu­rity is­sues, e-freight to name a few things.

In 2013, I took over as a board mem­ber. Since then I have been in­volved with lots of strate­gic ini­tia­tives, specif­i­cally mem­ber base. And, now tak­ing over as the chair­man, my aim is to give di­rec­tion to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. For­tu­nately the board is also ac­tive and com­mit­ted, so we al­ways plan to do at least two face-to-face meet­ings in a year and talk things over at least once a month.

Q You are the first chair­man of TIACA who rep­re­sents In­dia, so In­dian air cargo fra­ter­nity has high ex­pec­ta­tions from you. What are your com­ments on this?

In­dia is def­i­nitely a very promis­ing and emerg­ing mar­ket and I see a lot can be done in terms of bring­ing ef­fi­ciency in the lo­gis­tics trade, re­duc­ing lo­gis­tics cost, im­prov­ing the time we usu­ally take and giv­ing our ex­porters and im­porters the edge in the lo­gis­tics. We need to in­ter­act with global or­gan­i­sa­tions.

In­dia is a promis­ing and emerg­ing mar­ket and lots can be done in­crease the ef­fi­ciency

TIACA also talks to World Cus­tom Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WCO) and dif­fer­ent UN or­gan­i­sa­tions for bring­ing sim­pli­fi­ca­tion in pro­cesses and I will play my part in mak­ing sure that In­dia gets ben­e­fits from me head­ing as the as­so­ci­a­tion as a Chair­man. TIACA has a very strong ed­u­ca­tion base which has global ex­perts and I think that can also con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing the knowl­edge base in In­dia. This is another area where TIACA can add value.

TIACA will be will­ing to take a step ahead to help if there is any spe­cific is­sue which needs to be risen at global level. Putting a per­son from In­dia as a head of TIACA it­self shows the im­por­tance of the In­dian mar­ket at the in­ter­na­tional plat­form.

Q What is your first and fore­most ob­jec­tive as the chair­man of TIACA?

My pri­or­ity will be to strengthen the mem­ber­ship base. I have been talk­ing to many other peo­ple of In­dian air cargo fra­ter­nity and they are very keen to join the board and here TIACA can add a lot of value by tak­ing the voice of In­dian trade on a global plat­form.

Q There is a com­mit­tee by the name of Coun­cil of Chair­men in the as­so­ci­a­tion. Could you share the de­tails about this? What role do they play in the as­so­ci­a­tion?

It’s a men­tor­ing group and TIACA val­ues the ex­pe­ri­ence. They don’t get in­volved in the day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties of the board. Also, they are the ones who play a very im­por­tant role in choos­ing the ‘Hall of Fame’ awardee. The TIACA ‘Hall of Fame’ hon­ours air cargo pro­fes­sion­als who have played a role in the progress of avi­a­tion and have helped to shape and in the growth of the in­dus­try.

Q What are the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional is­sues on TIACA’s ta­ble?

Cur­rently, we are look­ing at how to sim­plify the se­cu­rity pro­cesses by mak­ing sure that what­ever in­for­ma­tion is be­ing used is ac­cu­rate and goes on time. Se­condly, we are look­ing at stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of se­cu­rity equip­ments be­cause there is di­ver­sity of equip­ments and stan­dard­i­s­a­tion brings man­u­fac­tur­ing and util­i­sa­tion cost down.

eFreight is another im­por­tant thing wherein I want to in­vest my ten­ure by em­pha­sis­ing more on em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy to achieve speed.

Q You rep­re­sent DIAL and now are the chair­man of TIACA. With this port­fo­lio, do other In­dian air­ports ex­pect your sup­port?

My only re­quest to other peo­ple of air­port fra­ter­nity in In­dia is that they should see me as an In­dian rep­re­sen­ta­tive and my com­mit­ment to them is to do ev­ery­thing that is pos­si­ble to make sure that the In­dian lo­gis­tics trade grows.

Q Your mes­sage to the In­dian air cargo fra­ter­nity.

You have the po­ten­tial, em­brace the change and make sure you re­alise your true po­si­tion in the world.

San­jiv Ed­ward Head - Cargo DIAL

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