Message by Chairman, SAAA@Singapore

AF1819_ME01_pix1There’s an African proverb that goes: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.” Indeed, this proverb has a profound meaning to me.

Over the past few years, we had seen Singapore airfreight volumes hovering around 1.84m to 1.86m and increasing slowly and steadily. Only in 2016, we started to see a breakthrough in the number, with a leap frog increase over 1.86m to 1.97m. Then in 2017, Singapore had again crossed over to another important exponential mark to 2.12m for cargo volumes.

Relating to the earlier African proverb, every one of us, whether small or big, contributes to this exponential increase to Singapore cargo volumes, this is something that all of us should be proud of and continue to strive to keep our Singapore flag raised high.

Automation, Digitalization, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles and Technologies Adoption to uplift productivity are the common buzz among Singapore, across all industries, not excluding our air cargo industry too. With the increased focus on productivity, we urge all members to keep an open mind towards embracing technologies adoption in achieving productivity outcomes.

Besides productivity, increasing trade is one of the main concerns. Pharmaceutical is a key focused industry verticals for airfreight. In alignment with Changi Airport Group’s focus on boosting pharmaceutical cargo handling capabilities and their Pharma@Changi initiative, SAAA@Singapore had been appointed as their program manager, together with government agencies like CAAS and WSG, to work with second batch of companies who are interested to get IATA CEIV Pharma Certification. SAAA@Singapore strives to do its utmost to help our members in whatever we can.

Last but not least, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Executive Council Members who has continuously support the industry. Our sincere thanks to all SAAA members for giving us all the support and wish everyone in the industry every success in the years ahead.

Steven Lee