Fo­cus to be on two crit­i­cal is­sues

Car­bon footprint and pro­tect­ing strait top the agenda

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

LANGKAWI: Beyond the thun­der of fighter jets, two is­sues will be re­ceiv­ing a crit­i­cal fo­cus at fo­rums hosted by the 14th Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aerospace Ex­hi­bi­tion (Lima) 2017.

One con­cerns re­duc­ing the avi­a­tion sec­tor’s car­bon footprint on the en­vi­ron­ment and the other is on pro­tect­ing the Straits of Malacca.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told a press con­fer­ence that the Asean Avi­a­tion Sum­mit would fo­cus on cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able green en­vi­ron­ment for the sec­tor, which is rapidly be­com­ing an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to the coun­try’s econ­omy.

The Asia Pa­cific Heads of Mar­itime Safety Agency Fo­rum (APHoMSA) mean­while, is fo­cused on ex­e­cut­ing safety mea­sures in the Straits of Malacca to en­sure that the mar­itime in­dus­try has a sus­tain­able growth, he said.

The Asean Avi­a­tion Sum­mit is jointly or­gan­ised by the Trans­port Min­istry and De­part­ment of Civil Avi­a­tion with the theme “Global Sus­tain­able Green Avi­a­tion”.

APHoMSA is or­gan­ised by the Trans­port Min­istry and the Marine De­part­ment.

Speak­ing at a me­dia high­tea event on board the ves­sel KD Je­bat, Liow added that Lima 2017 pro­vided a “mar­ket­place” for the play­ers in the avi­a­tion, aerospace and mar­itime in­dus­tries to share knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy and was a net­work­ing plat­form.

“In this re­gard, the Trans­port Min­istry brought to­gether 31 de­part­ments, agen­cies and in­dus­try play­ers un­der its purview to show­case and pro­mote the avi­a­tion and mar­itime in­dus­try,” he said.

“This in­cludes air­line and air­port op­er­a­tors, air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers, avi­a­tion ser­vices providers, port op­er­a­tors, port au­thor­i­ties, academia, train­ing academies and other in­dus­try­re­lated ser­vice providers.

“This cer­tainly will pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive overview high­light­ing the coun­try’s trans­port in­dus­try as well as the min­istry’s func­tion as fa­cil­i­ta­tor and en­abler for the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try,” Liow added.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein, who was also present, said this year’s Lima saw an in­crease in to­tal gross space in the ex­hi­bi­tion – up by 15,000sq m in 2015 to 119,209sq m.

More than 180,000 trade and pub­lic vis­i­tors are ex­pected dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion from March 21­25 in Langkawi.

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