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FICCI strategises to boost Indian Civil Aviation

New Delhi. The FICCI Civil Aviation Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr Dinesh Keskar, President Boeing India, has been brainstorming to give the civil aviation industry a giant leap and make air travel safe, comfortable and financially viable for all strata.

Dr Keskar informed that the committee had deliberated on important issues confronting the civil aviation sector such as safety, security, taxation, air traffic management, training, MRO, cargo, infrastructure, regional connectivity, regional airports and business aviation. He said position papers would be prepared in consultation with the committee members on the key issues in civil aviation.

These papers suggest ideas on how the implementation of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) would affect taxation in the aviation industry. Dr Keskar said that FICCI would be participating in the USIndia High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) meeting to be held in New Delhi shortly.

Members will deliberate on issues to be discussed with their US counterparts at the HTCG meeting. The U.S.-India High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) was formed in 2002 to provide a forum for discussing US-India high-technology trade issues and building the confidence necessary to facilitate trade in sensitive items. The HTCG Statement of Principles provides the framework under which the group operates. Work conducted within the HTCG has led to many positive developments in the US-India trade relationship and has helped to promote bilateral high-tech trade.

Dr Kes kar said th a t t h e Committee will work towards organizing a conference on civil aviation by year-end to highlight the issues critical to the growth of the Indian civil aviation sector. He told the members of the Committee that FICCI, along with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Farnborough International Ltd., would be holding the Third International Exhibition & Conference on Civil Aviation – India Aviation 2012 – at Hyderabad from March 14-18, 2012.

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