US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Regional Industrial Summit, which kicked off today, is discussing to find strategic solutions to the security of air transportation.
TSA Regional-Director for Africa and Middle East, Jason E. Schwabel said the summit brings together experts from the Transportation Security Administration to work with the specialist from the air carriers who fly directly to the United States.
"We are grateful for the partnership with Ethiopia and we are also working to solve security problems as well as to better explain some of the TSA programs and guidelines," Schwabel added.
Stating that Ethiopia and US have excellent relationship, the Regional-Director noted "we want to showcase that partnership and cooperation that we have in relation to security because we believe it is everyone's responsibility to take care of."
He added that the experts will exchange and share their experiences on the innovative ways of solving security issues.
Corporate Security Acting-Director of Ethiopian Airlines, Gebremariam Haile said the summit which Ethiopia hosting is the first of its kind to take place in Africa.
According to him, the summit aims at safeguarding the aviation industry to provide the most effective transportation security in the most efficient ways.
Representatives of the participating air transportation organizations consider the summit as imperative because it deals with identifying the impediments, suggesting possible solutions and sharing experiences in addressing security issues.
Turkish Airlines Aviation Security Director, Recep Gurdal said that the summit is vital to exchange ideas and information from other Airlines and regulatory to combat issues of security including terrorists.
Africa, which a destination for many international flights, is improving in security measures he mentioned, and added that "and with programs such as this summit Africa will be better in the sector."
More than 80 experts from TSA, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya and Egypt Airways as well as Turkish Airlines took part in the Regional Industrial Summit.