The 1st KAZAKHSTAN AVIATION TALKS Energy Transition for Sustainability and Transit Development in Central Asia held in Astana on May 24-25, 2023.
Within two days, over 250 companies and essential players in the worldwide aviation market, international specialists, development institutions, and the scientific community met to discuss current issues concerning the development of the aviation fuel industry in Central Asia.
KazMunayGas organized on the forum – Aero LLP with cooperation from IATA and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as NC KazMunayGas JSC, the Civil Aviation Committee of the MIID RK, and the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan JSC.
The event was moderated by Aaron Heslehurst, News Anchor & Presenter of BBC World News, Dr Kostas Iatrou, Director General of Hermes – Air Transport Organisation, and Mehmet Nane, Chair of the IATA Board of Governors.
The first dialogue’s theme is “Requirements for Energy Transition in Aviation.” This presentation covered aviation needs, the industry’s energy transition under the Net Zero 2050 initiative, and its difficulties and solutions. The first day also substituted significant worldwide developments in the aviation fuel industry and their implications for Central Asia’s transit potential, market saturation of aviation fuel based on demand, and international standardization of aviation fuel to expedite imports.
Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of iPADIS, Johannes Baur, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation Kazakhstan, ICAO Ambassador, Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, President of Young Africain Aviation Professional Association; Michael Stanton-Geddes, Director of Economics & Competition, ACI Europe, Pierre Chevalier, Manager of Regional Sales, Axens, Roberto Gonzalez, Principal Green Economy Climate Action, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as well as representatives from airlines, airports, and international organizations were among the speakers at the dialogue.
Talgat Lastayev, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee of the MIID of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and representatives from ministries and agencies also attended the event.
The second day’s focus was Eurasia Regional Cooperation and Regulatory Impact on Country Economic Development. This session brought together aviation regulators from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to discuss improving cooperation and its impact on regional growth, as well as the Global Market Outlook for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and its Impact on Airlines. The event provides an overview of SAF’s use in global markets and its economic impact on aviation sector participants.
Six memorandums of collaboration, as well as a Letter of Intent, signed during the First Kazakhstan Dialogue between Kazakh and foreign aviation industries.
Mehmet Nane, Chair of the IATA Board of Governors, emphasised Kazakhstan’s strong support for aviation industry development and infrastructure provision. “I am delighted to see Kazakhstan’s aviation industry demonstrating dynamic development, which ensures flight safety and the efficiency of the aviation industry.” Kazakhstan is a leading Central Asian country located between Asia and Europe, and its aviation industry will contribute significantly to your country’s economic development.”
The First Kazakhstan Aviation Dialogue served as a foundation for cooperation between the nations; according to Catalin Radu, Director General of the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan, “Our priority is the safety and security of the customers. We work hard to ensure that flights are safe and reasonably priced, and we make an effort to offer the appropriate connections. We are collaborating with nations in Central Asia and the Caucasus through this forum, a regional cooperation initiative, to increase effectiveness and safety.
“Aviation plays a significant role in domestic flights and goods transportation.” In the state, aviation is a strategic direction. Kazakhstan’s aviation development serves as a model for neighboring Central Asian countries. Kazakhstan is a factor in the growth of aviation, setting an example of aviation development and increasing the importance for investors.” – Lifetime Ambassador of ICAO, iPADIS President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stated.