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CIFAL Atlanta Conference Explores Stability
By DeAllous Smith

Aviation officials are celebrating the success of a major economic development conference held at the world’s busiest airport. For two days, September 25 and 26, the City of Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and CIFAL Atlanta hosted airport executives and officials from five countries and two territories in the Caribbean.

The “Airports for Economic Development: The Caribbean Conference,” created a forum for airports, specifically those that serve the Caribbean, to discuss best practices to leverage the financial stability of their respective airport.

“With the ongoing events of today’s world market, it has become important, more than ever, for the [aviation] industry to continue to work together by putting customers first and elevating the level of service delivered to our passengers,” said Robert Kennedy, assistant general manager of operations, maintenance and security.

Similar to workshops held in South Africa, China and the United States, the conference was designed to promote economic development and commercial diplomacy. Nearly 30 officials from Barbados, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the British Virgin Islands, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Suriname, and the U.S. Virgin Islands attended the workshops.

“As we navigate the future of our industry, it is vital that the airport community maintains open channels of communication, and I applaud CIFAL for making that possible,” said Kennedy.

Alexander Mejia
speaks at CIFAL Atlanta

CIFAL Atlanta, an affiliate of the United Nations, was created to provide government authorities and leaders of countries in the Western Hemisphere with a forum to exchange strategies, tools and best practices on issues of technology, economic development and civil rights.

Atlanta is one of 12 cities worldwide with a CIFAL office. The training center is part of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. CIFAL stands for Centre International de Formation des Acteurs Locaux.

To learn more about CIFAL Atlanta, click here.

© 2008 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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