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Director general, Angela Gittens, reflects on the key role of ACI World ahead of what promises to be another busy and influential year for the voice of the world’s airports.

Following a very eventful year, we are excited to kick-off 2019 with enthusiasm and determination as we relish the opportunities that lie ahead of us.

We had a successful year and were gratified to be acknowledged and supported by many of our industry partners and international counterparts. As the only global voice of airports, we will continue to focus our efforts on our members’ priorities as we remain committed to ensuring that the collective interests of the world’s airports are heard at the international level.

Airports are valuable assets for the communities they serve, helping them to develop their full economic potential and ensure stable growth, bolstering long-term business development and employment.

As stewards of this community resource, airport operators need an organisation that can help them add value to their business. Clearly, demand for the ACI World’s expertise, products and services continues to increase, and this has placed the bar higher. We will continue to provide the platforms for pursuing a constructive and co-operative relationship with members of our community, governments and regulators worldwide.

On critical industry issues – economic regulations and infrastructure financing, capacity building, disruptive technology – ACI will continue to represent airports’ views and strengthen their ability to shape the future of our industry, backing up individual airport actions.

To this end, during the first two quarters of the year, we will hold two of our most important ACI events: the 11th edition of the Airport Economics and Finance Conference in London, United Kingdom, and the ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition (WAGA) in Hong Kong.

At the Airport Economics and Finance Conference, we will explore solutions for the most pressing current and emerging issues in the field, with the theme ‘Paradigm shifts in infrastructure development and the airport business’.

We will also continue our successful pre-conference collaboration with the World Bank. They will open with the 5th Annual ACI-World Bank Aviation Symposium on March 12 to explore the risks and opportunities of global lenders and investors in the airport industry. Participants can expect valuable analyses of global and regional economic forces that airport executives and investors need to understand.

Turning to WAGA, the theme is ‘What’s next for aviation? The future starts now’. We have invited distinguished experts to join us as speakers for sessions exploring solutions to our key challenges.

The event will be hosted by Hong Kong International Airport from April 2-4, 2019, at the Asia World Expo, in Hong Kong. It will bring together more than 800 airport chief executives and industry leaders from all over the world to address global challenges, share information and create networking opportunities.

For both events, registrations are now open and sponsorship opportunities are available. As industry leaders, we strongly believe that it is mutually beneficial to foster an open dialogue between airports, civil aviation authorities and investors to better meet the needs of airports and our communities and local businesses.

Our events serve to showcase the dedication and commitment of our members and staff and reflect ACI’s ability to respond to a changing environment as we strive to continue to foster a safe, secure, and sustainable airport system.

These discussions will help set a strong foundation for our industry for the next years. We are expecting to see as many of you as possible at these very important events. On behalf of ACI World, I wish you all my best for the new year.

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