Small can be beautiful
In the world of big, slick and well-moneyed it's sometimes the low key, unobtrusive things that leave the most meaningful impact on one's mind.
July 1, 2011
By Donald Urquhart
In the world of big, slick and well-moneyed it’s sometimes the low key, unobtrusive things that leave the most meaningful impact on one’s mind. By the former I’m thinking IATA or even FIATA. In the case of the latter its FAPAA I’m thinking of. It’s quite possible many of you have never heard of FAPAA – it is the Federation of Asia-Pacific Aircargo Associations representing a hugely diverse group of air freight forwarding associations spanning the width of Asia from Japan to India and Nepal to New Zealand. They don’t have a fancy Geneva headquarters, they don’t produce half-a-dozen press releases each month (indeed they produce no more than a modest one or two a year) and they don’t hold big conferences, but they are the guys on the ground across Asia. And one thing is very clear – they’re passionate about their industry.
As editor of the official publication for FAPAA I’m honoured each year to be extended delegate status at the association’s Executive Council Meeting. This year’s meeting wrapped up only days prior to my writing this and was pulled off flawlessly by the Bangladesh Freight Forwarding Association. Hosted in Dhaka it gave many of the delegates a first time look at country that has made a long, and at least in its early days, tumultuous struggle to stand as one among the community of nations. Like much of the sub-continent it is riding the wave of economic growth that will one day soon help it reach its true capabilities.