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February, 2015


Panama’s Minister Of Commerce and Industries Visits The WCO

World Trade

Open Eyes Opinion {source: WCO}

Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industries visits the World Customs Organization

Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya welcomed Mr. Meliton Arrocha, Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industries, and H.E. Mr. Dario Chiru, Panama’s Ambassador in Belgium, to the WCO on 27 February.

A range of issues of mutual interest were discussed, including regional integration, in respect of which Mr. Mikuriya emphasized the key role that Customs played in implementing global standards to ensure connectivity.

Also high on the agenda was the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and its implementation.

Secretary General Mikuriya welcomed the forthcoming establishment of a National Trade Facilitation Committee in Panama and urged Minister Arrocha to consider Customs as a key partner and central player in that Committee to contribute to successful TFA implementation.

Minister Arrocha expressed Panama’s keen interest in the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), an issue of high importance in Panama.

Secretary General Mikuriya underlined the positive collaboration between the WCO and Panama to date on all matters related to IPR. Panama was an active partner and regularly participated in regional IPR operations.

The Secretary General pledged his ongoing support for all IPR-related activities in Panama and the sub-region, including through the use of the WCO’s IPM tool.


Olympic Executive Board Report On Sochi 2014 Operational Profit

World Affairs – Olympics

Open Eyes Opinion {source: IOC}

IOC Executive Board meeting kicks off with report on Sochi 2014 operational profit

February 2015

The IOC had already decided to transfer its 20 per cent share of this total (RUB 650 million/USD10 million) to the Russian Olympic Committee for use in the development of sport, the Olympic Channel and an Olympic Museum in Russia.

In total, the IOC contributed USD 833 million to support the Sochi Games, an increase of USD 83 million over previous estimates. The EB underscored the fact that the IOC will contribute USD 1.5 billion to the success of next summer’s Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The EB agreed that there remains a misconception around the cost of hosting the Olympic Games and Olympic Winter Games, and the difference between the operational budget and the infrastructure budget. All recent editions of the Games have either made an operational profit or broken even. The Olympic Games are privately funded, with a large contribution from the IOC.

The other part of the budget is the investment that the host city authorities decide to make in addition to the operational budget. How this is funded and the figure needed very much depends on what already exists in the city and the legacy vision of the city and country. The more infrastructure that is already in place, for example, the less a city has to spend to build new stadiums and other facilities.

Proposed advertising changes:
The EB agreed to two proposals regarding changes to Rule 40 and Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, both of which will be presented to the next IOC Session this July in Kuala Lumpur for final approval.

In regard to the application of Rule 40, the IOC would, following Session approval, allow generic (non-Olympic) advertising during the period of the Games. The change to Rule 50 would increase the maximum size of a manufacturer’s identification while respecting the clean field of play to prevent conspicuous advertising.

Protecting the clean athletes:
The EB also heard from the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, IOC Vice-President Sir Craig Reedie, who said good progress was being made in regard to the IOC’s call for governments worldwide to match its 10 million USD contribution to fund research into anti-doping as part of wider efforts to protect clean athletes.

He added that a joint task force of experts from WADA and the IOC that is currently in Rio has concluded that the local anti-doping laboratory is on schedule to be reinstated ahead of next Summer’s Olympic Games. The task force will report its findings to the WADA Executive Committee in May, when a decision on the lab will be taken.

The WADA President was also pleased to report that substantial improvements have been made in the last 18 months in Jamaica with regard to perceived breaches of anti-doping conduct in the country. Thanks to local government support, assurances and proper funding, Reedie said, operations in Jamaica are now transparent with a recognised testing pool. WADA is optimistic that anti-doping efforts in Jamaica will continue in this positive direction.

Olympic Games Rio 2016:
IOC President Thomas Bach updated the EB on his meeting, together with Chair of the Rio 2016 Coordination Commission and IOC Vice-President Nawal El Moutawakel, with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia on 24 February.

President Rousseff pledged her full support for the Rio Games from “every level and ministry of her government as well as from State and City authorities.” The many legacy plans for the Games were also discussed, including the integration of hundreds of small businesses into the staging of the Games.

The EB decided not to hold its next meeting at the SportAccord Convention this April in Sochi. However, President Bach will attend the opening ceremony.

Today’s meeting ended with a minute of silence, led by the IOC President, for Mario Vázquez Raña, the long-time IOC Member and President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) who passed away earlier this month at age 82.


Spain will contribute €1.5 billion to Investment Fund projects

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: EC}

Investment Plan for Europe: Spain will contribute €1.5 billion to Investment Fund projects

Brussels, 27 February 2015

Today Spain announced that it will contribute €1.5 billion to projects benefiting from finance by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which is the core element of the Investment Plan for Europe. The contribution comes via Spain’s National Promotional Bank, the Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO).

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness welcomed the news: “I am very pleased to be in Spain to receive this excellent news from the Spanish government. We are one step closer to reaching the target €315 billion total investment from public and private partners, and I encourage other Member States to follow Spain and Germany’s lead. This is a great day not only for Spanish businesses, but for businesses across Europe.”

The announcement comes just days after the European Investment Bank (EIB) gave the green lightfor pre-financing for small- and medium- sized companies (SMEs), as well as some infrastructure projects, before the summer.


National Promotional Banks – such as ICO in Spain and KfW in Germany – have a crucial role to play in getting Europe investing again. They have the expertise to carry out the Investment Plan, and they ensure the most efficient use of public resources. Germany announced in February that it will contribute €8 billion to the Investment Plan through their National Promotional Bank, KfW.

The economic crisis brought about a sharp reduction of investment in Spain. In 2014, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and private consumption were respectively 5% and 9% below their peaks in 2007, whereas investment was still 36% below (in constant prices).

However, investment did start to grow again in Spain in 2014 (by 3.2%). It is expected to accelerate during 2015 and 2016 and become a key contributor to GDP growth.




The National Council For Tourism & Antiquities and WTO Hold Tourism Workshop In Abu Dhabi

World Travel – UAE Tourism

Open Eyes Opinion {source:WAM}

National Council for Tourism and Antiquities holds a “White Paper” workshop on the sustainable tourism in the UAE

Abu Dhabi, February, 2015  — The National Council for Tourism and Antiques held a “White Paper” workshop on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization, aimed at preparing a comprehensive national plan and strategy for the UAE tourism.

Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb Al Muhairi, Director General of the Council, stated that the “White Paper” initiative is a strategy implemented by the world’s leading countries in the tourism industry, and that this initiative is implemented for the first time in the Middle East.

The workshop included analyzing the future strategic direction of the country’s tourism industry and supporting the major factors that make the United Arab Emirates a competitive country in the industry. The workshop also aims to put the country on a steady road through setting a future strategic framework for all the sectors in the tourism industry and its other various activities.

Al Muhairi added that upon the guidance of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Chairman of the National Council for Tourism and Antiquities, the Council in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization proposed a set of recommendations that will enable the UAE to continue being one of the most popular touristic destinations worldwide.

He said that the White Paper initiative comes in accordance with the vision of the National Council for Tourism and Antiques that aims to make the UAE the finest touristic destination regionally and globally. And the approach of “Developing Sustainable Tourism” was chosen in order to achieve economic and social success to reflect the wisdom and the leadership and guidance of the “Vision 2021”.

Regarding the workshop, which was held today, Al Muhairi, said that the board held this workshop that was attended by Strategic Partners in industries and local departments of tourism, tourism companies, hotels, airlines and relevant ministries, to discuss the outputs and recommendations of the white paper and agree on a final formula.

Al Muhairi concluded his remarks by stating that this initiative launched by the National Council for Tourism and Antiques will achieve the future tourism dream for the UAE, with a focus on teamwork that always yields successful results. And this step is considered to be an essential one in maintaining the achievements of the UAE in the tourism industry and in supporting the country reach its vision in this competitive global industry and in the bright future that awaits the UAE.

And that this has all been prepared in scientific and international standards with the cooperation of the World Tourism Organization experts that provided us with all the help, facilities, and expertise to implement this initiative in the United Arab of Emirates.


European Commission Commits 3.8 Billion Euro To Fight Poverty

World Affairs

Open Eyes Opinion {source: EC}

Fighting poverty: Commission commits €3.8 billion to help the most vulnerable in Europe

Brussels, February 2015

The European Commission has adopted the last remaining national Operational Programmes for the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived for 2014-2020. In total this is worth €3.8 billion in assistance to 4 million of the people most in need in the EU.

The Fund supports Member States in their efforts to help Europe’s most vulnerable people: those who have been worst affected by the on-going economic and social crisis. Through non-financial assistance, the Fund will help alleviate the worst forms of material deprivation and will make a significant contribution in the fight against poverty.

Commenting on the adoption of the final programmes, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, said: “The Fund supports people in taking their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion. Around 4 million of the most materially deprived people in Europe will benefit from the immediate assistance of the Fund. This is a strong symbol of EU solidarity.”

The Fund focuses on material assistance to those suffering the worst forms of poverty – including food deprivation, homelessness, and material deprivation of children – and can help strengthen social cohesion. The assistance provided by the Fund can include food, clothing and other essential goods for personal use (such as shoes and soap) as well as actions that encourage social integration.


In 2013, 122.6 million people in the EU – 24.5% of the population – were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. 9.6% of the population were severely materially deprived.

The European Union’s main instrument to support employability, fight poverty and promote social inclusion is the European Social Fund (ESF). This financial instrument, worth over €86 billion in 2014-2020, invests directly in people’s skills to improve their chances on the job market.Yet some of the most vulnerable citizens suffering from extreme forms of poverty are too far away from the labour market to benefit from the social inclusion measures supported by the ESF.

Launched in 2014, the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) will ensure that these people also benefit from European solidarity, and will complement existing social cohesion instruments. The FEAD, worth €3.8 billion in real terms from 2014 to 2020, aims to break the vicious circle of poverty and deprivation by providing non-financial assistance to some of the EU’s most vulnerable citizens.

Although competencies for the fight against poverty lie mainly with Member States, the EU can play a supporting role, in particular through the Europe 2020 Strategy. The ESF and the FEAD contribute to the Europe 2020 target of reducing the number of people in, or at risk of, poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million by 2020.

The FEAD offers considerable flexibility to Member States. Each Member State has defined the target group of ‘most deprived persons’ in its national Operational Programme. Member States have also chosen the type of material assistance they wish to provide (food or basic goods or a combination of both), and their preferred model for procuring and distributing the food and goods, according to their own situation and preferences.

The FEAD replaces the EU’s Food Distribution Programme for the Most Deprived People (MDP). Set up in 1987, this Programme was an important source for organisations working in direct contact with the least fortunate people, providing them with food. It was created to make good use of the agricultural surpluses which existed at the time. With the expected depletion of intervention stocks and their high unpredictability over the period 2011-2020 as a consequence of successive reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, the MDP was discontinued at the end of 2013.


South Africa Extends Visa Stay For BRIC Business Executives

World Trade
Open Eyes Opinion {source: SAgov}

Pretoria – Business executives from BRICS countries, who apply for a visa to visit South Africa for short business trips, will now receive a long-term visa allowing them multiple entries for up to 10 years.

“Effective from 23 December 2014, as authorized by section 10A of the Immigration Act of 2002, I have approved the issuance of port of entry visas to BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China) business executives for up to 10 years, with each visit not to exceed 30 days,” said Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba.

The long-term visa applies to diplomatic, official/service and ordinary passport holders.
Making the announcement during a media briefing held in Cape Town on Thursday, Minister Gigaba said the approval follows previous efforts to ease travel of BRICS business people to South Africa, such as a directive last year waiving the requirement to provide proof of financial means to BRICS businesspeople, which provided a Note Verbale as part of their visa application.

He noted that prior to making the announcement; they have extensively consulted the Department of Trade and Industry as well as the BRICS Business Council.
“We believe that this significant step will tremendously enhance our efforts to increase trade and investment between our countries and give further impetus to President Zuma’s pronouncements both during the State of the Nation Address, as well as at Davos earlier this year during the World Economic Forum, that South Africa is open for business,” Minister Gigaba said.

The Minister said that as a large and diversified developing economy with a sophisticated financial system, advanced infrastructure and close links to the rest of Africa, South Africa is a very strategic partner to its BRICS counter-parts.
He highlighted that BRICS partners represent an important opportunity for South Africa, distinguished from a host of other promising emerging markets by their demographic and economic potential to rank among the world’s largest and most influential economies in the 21st century.

“Together the five BRICS countries comprise almost 3 billion people or 40% of the world’s population, cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area over four continents and account for more than 25% of global gross domestic product.”
He added that business people from Brazil, Russia, India and China want to come to South Africa, buy and sell an increasing array of products and services, and invest in the country’s companies and growth sectors.

“At Home Affairs we are completely committed to enabling this by facilitating the efficient entry of these commercial visitors and will continually look for opportunities to improve in this regard.

“We look forward to working productively with the BRICS Business Council and other industry groupings to find solutions such as this one, which enhance our country’s economic competitiveness,” Minister Gigaba said.

He also reassured that the department will continue to meet its turnaround time of five days for short term business visas. –

Norway and Australia to cooperate on JSM-development

World Affairs – Defense

Open Eyes Opinion {source: NOgov}

Norway and Australia to cooperate on JSM-development

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence and the Australian Department of Defence have agreed to cooperate on the development of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), following talks between Norwegian State Secretary Mr. Øystein Bø and his Australian colleague Mr. Stuart Robert during the Norwegian State visit to Australia this week. The agreement seeks to support the introduction of an advanced maritime strike weapon on the F-35 in the early 2020’s time frame.

– Although far apart geographically, Norway and Australia share many of the same challenges. We are both maritime nations on the periphery of our immediate regions, with a large land mass and even larger maritime territories, yet relatively limited populations. This means that we have to maximize the effects of the capabilities that we invest in to ensure that they cover as much of the spectrum of operations as possible, said Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide.

Norway and Australia have maintained a close dialogue for several years regarding the JSM within the framework of the multinational F-35-partnership. This agreement takes the process one step further, with Australia agreeing to provide expertise in missile control and guidance systems.

The cooperation between Norway and Australia on the JSM was announced at Avalon Air Show earlier today. From the left, Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Leo Davies, Norwegian State Secretary of Defence Mr. Øystein Bø, and Executive Vice President of Kongsberg Defence Systems, Mr. Pål Bratlie

– The JSM is already a very capable missile, but with the support of Australia, we hope to make it even better. Though Australia is still a few years away from making any final decisions on its future maritime strike capability, we are encouraged by the interest they have shown for both the missile and for the capabilities of Norwegian industry. We should now continue talks between our two governments, and aim to formalize this agreement in the near future, said Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide.

The Joint Strike Missile is an advanced long range precision strike missile, tailor made to fit the internal weapons bay of the F-35. The F-35, combined with the JSM, provide the ability to both locate and defeat heavily defended targets, both on land and at sea, at extended ranges, significantly enhancing the strategic capabilities of the aircraft. The missile utilizes advanced navigation, a passive infrared seeker, low signature and superior manoeuvrability to ensure mission effectiveness, thereby providing user nations with significantly enhanced combat capabilities.

Norway intends to procure up to 52 F-35A aircraft to enhance the ability of its Armed Forces to meet future security challenges, with first delivery planned for late 2015. Norway’s first four aircraft will be based at the F-35 International Pilot Training Centre at Luke Air Force Base Arizona, while the first F-35 will arrive in Norway in 2017. Australia has so far committed to procuring 72 F-35A, out of a planned 100, with the first two aircraft delivered in 2014.


France appoints 3 New Representatives For Economic Relations – Canada,South Africa,Australia

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: FRgov}

France Economic diplomacy – Appointment of three new special representatives

February 25, 2015

Within the framework of economic diplomacy, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, has appointed three new special representatives for economic relations with Canada, South Africa and Australia.

Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of the Safran Group since 2011, has been appointed special representative for economic relations with Canada. Safran has nearly 1,200 employees in Canada in 7 companies, including 3 industrial sites in Quebec and Ontario. Mr. Herteman will use his expertise to strengthen our economic relations with Canada.

Robert Hue, former Chairman of the Senate’s France-South Africa Friendship Group, has been appointed special representative for relations with South Africa. Robert Hue, who is very familiar with South Africa, will be responsible for strengthening our bilateral strategic partnership, notably by fostering trade between our two countries in the energy, transport and agri-food sectors.

Ross McInnes has been appointed special representative for relations with Australia. Mr. McInnes, who has dual French and Australian citizenship, is due to be appointed chairman of Safran in 2015. As a special representative, he will use his knowledge of Australia to strengthen our bilateral trade and promote France’s attractiveness to Australian investors.

These are all voluntary positions.


Expanded Fighting In Iraq Increases The Need For Humanitarian Aid

World Affairs – Humanitarian Aid

Open Eyes Opinion {source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)}

Iraq: Many more lives in jeopardy as fighting expands

February 2015

Expanding conflict
Baghdad / Geneva (ICRC) – As a result of the recent widening of the conflict in Iraq, many more people – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – have been affected. The provinces of Al-Anbar, Ninawa, Salah al-Din, Diyala, and Kirkuk have been under heavy attack, driving more people to abandon their homes to seek shelter in safer areas. This is in addition to the over two million people who had already been displaced since last year. People in these provinces have virtually no access to basic services, and essential supplies reach them only irregularly.

“The displaced people have barely survived the harsh winter,” says Patrick Youssef, the head of the ICRC’s delegation in Iraq. “Going home is not an option for most of them. Those who do, return to badly damaged houses and radically disrupted supplies of water and electricity. Hospitals are either damaged or working at well below their usual capacity. Unexploded munitions are a huge threat: they are strewn all over the areas where fighting is particularly heavy.”

Looming humanitarian needs
The broadening of the conflict to populated areas along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers will create more humanitarian needs. If major cities like Mosul come under fire again, thousands more people will have to flee. Because security conditions are so uncertain, many areas remain out of reach for humanitarian organizations, and large numbers of people will be without help when they need it most.

The ICRC reminds all parties to the conflict to take all precautions necessary to minimize loss of civilian life and damage to property, treat detainees with dignity, facilitate access to health care for everyone, and ensure that the work of medical staff and hospitals proceeds unhindered. Humanitarian workers must be allowed to safely reach people who need help, and all possible measures should be taken to protect people from attacks and displacement.

ICRC activities
Difficulties of access notwithstanding, the ICRC has been striving to assist displaced people throughout Iraq, and the communities hosting them: since the beginning of the year, over 300,000 people have received essential aid. Several relief operations have been carried out across front lines to take food, water, and other basic items to people, and essential medical supplies to the wounded and the sick.

Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has:
Provided one-month food rations and other essential relief items for over 130,000 displaced people in 12 provinces, in such places as Baaquba, Ramadi, Al Ishaaqi, Dujeil, Hibhib, Msayyib Al Askari Kirkuk, Zummar, Qaratapa, Mandily, Suleiman Beg, Penjween, and Dohuk, and over 35,000 people were given blankets and winter clothing to cope with the severe cold.

Supplied enough life-saving medical and surgical supplies to 12 health-care centres for treating more than 33,000 people (the delivery of emergency medical supplies from nearby Erbil to Kirkuk, when that city came under attack on 30 January, for example)

Completed key repairs to the water and electrical supply systems of the hospital in Fallujah, to ensure the functioning of that battered city’s main medical facility treated over 2,600 persons with disabilities at its physical rehabilitation centre in Erbil, and supported eight other centres in Iraq.

Organized four training sessions for 110 health staff in Diyala and Baghdad provinces to strengthen their basic first-aid and life-saving skills.

Continued trucking in water for displaced people, and repaired or upgraded nine water facilities – in fact, some of these were newly installed – in six provinces, in the towns of Saqlawiya, Al Madina Al Siyahiyyah, Rasheed, Kirkuk, Khanaqin and Jbeila, benefiting over 130,000 people.

Visited eight prisons where more than 2,300 detainees were held.

Informed families – through more than 4,000 phone calls – about the procedures for visiting their loved ones in prisons, and passed written messages between the detainees and their families.

Facilitated the exchange, between Iran and Iraq, of the identified sets of remains of 46 Iranian and three Iraqi soldiers.

Provided expertise for creating Iraq’s national committee for international humanitarian law, to promote this body of law and compliance with it periodically conducted information sessions on humanitarian law and humanitarian principles for various communities, beneficiaries and armed forces and security forces personnel from Iraq and the Kurdistan region.

The ICRC’s offices in Iraq are in Baghdad, Basra, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Khanaqeen, Najaf, Ramadi and Sulaymaniyah.


For further information, please contact:
Ralph El Hage, ICRC Baghdad, tel: +964 0790 191 6927
Sitara Jabeen, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 78 or +41 79 536 92 31

NATO Secretary General to visit Italy

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: NATO}


NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will travel to Italy on Thursday, 26 February and Friday 27 February 2015.

Mr. Stoltenberg will have meetings with the President, Mr. Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Matteo Renzi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Paolo Gentiloni and the Minister of Defence, Ms. Roberta Pinotti.

The Secretary General will also meet the members of the Foreign Committee and the Defence Committee of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies including members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

The Secretary General will also visit the NATO Defence College in Rome and the Allied  Joint Force Command Headquarters in Naples.


Emirates Group Signs Agreement With Arab Air Carriers to Extend University Diploma Programs

World Travel – Airlines

Open Eyes Opinion {source: emirates airlines}

Emirates Group Security signs MoU with Arab Air Carriers Organisation to extend University Diploma Programmes

DUBAI. U.A.E.., 24 February 2015 – The Centre of Aviation & Security Studies (CASS), the academic arm of Emirates Group Security and the Arab Air Carriers Organisation Regional Training Centre (AACO RTC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to extend two University Diploma programmes to the members of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO).

The University Diploma in Aviation Security Management and the University Diploma in Ground Handling are being inducted as part of AACO RTC’s training curriculum with its offices in Jordan and Egypt. These two courses are jointly developed by Edith Cowan University of Western Australia and Emirates Group Security.

“The two University Diploma Programmes are excellent examples of high-quality management training which have been tailor-made for professionals working in the aviation industry. Designed specifically to improve management practices in aviation security and ground handling, both programmes tap on the practical experience of Emirates’ CASS, the regional expertise of AACO, and the academic excellence of Edith Cowan University of Western Australia. We believe these courses add to the educational and professional development opportunities available to those working in aviation, and ultimately help support the growth of the aviation industry in the MENA region,” said Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President of the Emirates Group Security.

The courses, administered by CASS and academic staff from Edith Cowan University, consist of an 18-month programme which involves self-study, tutorials and examinations.

“We are delighted  with this strategic initiative  to broaden  the   platform of  tertiary education  in  aviation  security and ground handling education which will  certainly complement the existing  vocational  and  industry-specific training  programmes.  Students   who sign up for these diploma courses  will  be embarking  not only on  a  learning  journey  from the  aspects  of the civil aviation  profession  but also  the road towards attaining  academic  qualifications. This will augur well for those who wish to pursue further academic programmes and play a strong role in professionalising the industry,” said Edith Cowan University’s Professor Nara Srinivasan,  Pro-Vice Chancellor  (Emirates Engagement) and Professor of  Security and Risk.

“Aviation security has become a foremost priority, equal in its importance to safety. The fundamental premise upon which airlines, airports and the whole civil aviation industry is based, depends upon providing safe and secure travel to the public. It is an honour and a privilege to collaborate with Emirates, one of the best airlines in the world and one of the most forward-looking companies in the field of aviation,” said Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General of AACO.

“Emirates is known to use the latest technologies and techniques in all operational domains including aviation security. Combining Emirates’ experience with the educational expertise of Edith Cowan University, and the regional expertise of the AACO RTC, we believe these customised courses will deliver high-quality training to industry professionals. I am confident that the MoU that we signed with the Centre of Aviation & Security Studies (CAAS) of Emirates Group Security paves the way to future collaborative efforts aimed at furthering the industry’s excellent record in security.”


World Youth Student And Educational Travel Confederation And ITB Asia Launch Exchange Asia

World Travel
Open Eyes Opinion {source: PR/FIR}

The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation and ITB Asia have partnered to launch WYSE Exchange Asia, an exclusive event for youth and student travel focused businesses looking to expand within this thriving region.

The inaugural WYSE Exchange Asia event is scheduled to take place alongside ITB Asia in Singapore from October 21-22, 2015. Thirty buyers (distributors of outbound youth travelers) based in Asia and sellers (providers of youth travel product and services) will benefit from:

• Up to 30 one-to-one business appointments

• Four educational clinics, during which leading industry experts will share the latest insights on key industry issues

• Networking opportunities through two evening social events

• Access to the ITB Asia conference and educational clinics.

Economies within Asia are continuing to benefit from strong growth, a fact that is having a positive impact on outbound travel from the region.

Among those groups driving consumer demand for travel products and services are young people who are increasingly seeking out the chance for enriching experiences from traveling, studying and working abroad.

This promising environment provides a timely opportunity to connect leading youth travel product and service providers with distributors of outbound youth travelers from key source markets within Asia.

WYSE Travel Confederation’s Director General David Chapman said: “We are delighted to be partnering with ITB Asia and believe this partnership will deliver an exclusive opportunity for WYSE Travel Confederation members to showcase their products and services in Asia, learn more about the region’s youth and student travel industry and help them establish vital connections to harness the growing economies within this area.”

Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), organizer of ITB Asia, said: “This is the first partnership of its kind for ITB Asia, enabling us to tap into the youth travel sector. WYSE Travel Confederation’s expertise in youth and student travel combined with our experience and established network in Asia will support networking and business opportunities for all involved. With this partnership, we’re expecting to expand our pool of buyers and exhibitors in the youth travel sector, adding diversity to this year’s show.”

Organizations interested in taking part in WYSE Exchange Asia need to register their interest to WYSE Travel Confederation by Friday, March 6, 2015 via

This cost-effective event is only open to WYSE Travel Confederation members – for more information on membership benefits and to apply visit