Aviation/Aerospace Australia has announced an important gathering of industry leaders in Melbourne in February this year.

The 2013 Asia Pacific Aviation and Aerospace Leaders Summit will focus local attention on a region that is forecast to be the fastest growing aviation market over the next two decades, and was a window of opportunity for a sector that was undergoing major structural change in Australia.

A/AA CEO Jim Carden said the Summit is designed to bring together the industry’s thought leaders, particularly from new and emerging markets, to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities, share experiences and create new partnerships – and to provide local industry with critical exposure to the opportunities that exist on our doorstep.

“Our sector is battling major global headwinds and undergoing major structural change, but we are also ideally located in an area which will become home to most of the world’s middle class and will be the world’s largest producer of goods and services and the largest consumer of them. Aviation is a fundamental – indeed, critical – driver of this growth, and Australia must position itself to be a part of it,” Carden said.

The Summit follows the release of the Government's "Australia in the Asian Century White Paper" and will be opened by Australia’s Minister for Transport and feature the most senior government officials responsible for the sector’s regulation and international engagement.

However Jim Carden said a key objective of the Summit is to hear from international speakers about their own markets, rather than the typical Australian perspective.

“That’s why we have worked hard to secure speakers from India, China, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan, as well as international industry groups, manufacturers, airlines and airports.

“It is all part of our drive to make sure we are engaged with and listening to these critical regional voices.”

The Summit is a key element in A/AA’s support for Australian industry’s international trade development, and is a feature event leading into the Australian International Air Show in February.

It will be held on 25-27 February.

Further details here.

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