TD&A NEWS: 2017 World Cargo Symposium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Dr Rebekah Tanti Dougall, Partner, of Advocates Tanti-Dougall & Associates, have participated as a key speaker at the 11th World Cargo Symposium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, between the 14th and 16th March, 2017 with the theme : Transform Today : Shape Tomorrow.

The World Cargo Symposium is deemed to be the largest and the most prestigious annual event of its kind, bringing together the main world stakeholders from the aviation industry specifically in the air cargo supply chain: from airlines to air freight operators, from leading airports to ground handlers, from security companies to customs’ authorities. This annual event was indeed a success with over 1,000 delegates attending to hear the expert speakers invited to address the event and to discuss various topics related to air cargo operations.

Dr Rebekah Tanti-Dougall was invited to speak on two panels:

The first panel of expert speakers focused on whether a Global Culture of Security is still possible, debating on what would be the logical response to security threats and what could lead to a better synergy between regulators and operators to define and promote a global and effective security culture, asking the question whether stakeholders could influence aviation security policies globally. Indeed, on her part, Dr Tanti-Dougall spoke about the importance of creating a security culture which should become ingrained in everyone involved at all levels, and to the extent it was necessary, learning from the ‘just culture’ established in safety.

The second panel of expert speakers focused on the UN Aviation Security Resolution. In September 2016, the UN Security Council issued Resolution 2309 (2016) at its 7775th meeting, focusing on Aviation Security. It recognizes the vital importance of the aviation system for the global economy and called upon the ICAO Member States to ensure that security standards are continuously reviewed and implemented to adapt effectively to threats perpetuated by terrorists. States and organizations are expected to assist each other in delivery of capacity building, strengthen security screening procedures and promote innovation in technologies and techniques to maximize the capability to detect security threats. During this second panel, Dr Tanti-Dougall addressed the event on the legal implications of the relative UN Security Council Resolution 2309, and what it further sought to achieve in conjunction with ICAO’s current international legal framework.

Advocates Tanti-Dougall & Associates provide advice on the complexity of issues pertaining to the aviation industry including airport security and emergency plans as well as health and safety issues apart from aircraft registration.