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Klees elected chairman of ACI Fund council

The World Council of the ACI Fund met in Paris March 24 and elected as Chairman…

The World Council of the ACI Fund met in Paris March 24 and elected as Chairman Professor Engineer Pierre Klees, Executive President of BIAC, the company managing Brussels International Airport. Elected as Vice-Presidents were: Jerome Dandjinou, Director of Cotonou (Benin) Airport and Michel Gargon of Noumea International Airport (New Caledonia).

The ACI Fund is a non-governmental international organization founded in Geneva in 1993 as an affiliate of ACI. The aim of the fund is to provide developing countries` airports with assistance and support, especially regarding training and development of human resources. Over the past 10 years, the Fund organized 18 seminars in Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America with over 600 trainees from 69 developing nations, 88 lecturers and the support of 13 post-airports.

Klees expressed satisfaction with the past program of seminars organized by the Fund. He wished to continue this program which was an excellent vehicle for sharing expertise for the benefit for developing countries` airports. Furthermore, he and the Fund Council decided to explore new opportunities to utilize Fund resources. Among the various options the Fund could pursue would be to support personnel of developing nations` airports for participation in workshops organized under the auspicious of the new ACI Global Training Hub.

Klees concluded: It is the duty of airports in industrialized countries to support the activities of the ACI Fund and I will devote my energy to develop pro-active programs in this regard.

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