ACFI Launches Goa Chapter Under Mr. Purushottam Thakur’s Leadership

The Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI) launched its Goa Chapter on June 21, 2024, under the leadership of Mr. Thakur Purushottam, Business Head, GMR Goa Air Cargo, at the Goa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI). Mr. Ahmad Raza Khan, Partner at Samuel Dias & Co. and Vice Chairman of the ACFI Goa Chapter, was also present at the distinguished event.

The Chief Guest, Mrs. Swetika Sachan, IAS, Secretary Industries, Government of Goa, was joined by other prominent attendees, including Mr. Abhishek Pravimal, IAS, MD of GIDC; Dr. Pravin Khullar, President of GPMA; and Mr. Manguirish Pai Raikar, Chairman of the Goa State Council of ASSOCHAM.

Key dignitaries at the event included Mr. Yashpal Sharma, ACFI President and Managing Director of Skyways Group; Mr. Sanjiv Edward, ACFI Vice President and CEO of Cargo & Logistics at GMR Group; Mr. Satish Lakkaraju, Chairman of the ACFI Event Management Task Pillar and Global Head of Air Freight & Pharma at WIZ Freight; Mr. Cyrus Katgara, ACFI Past President and Partner at Jeena & Co.; Mr. Ramesh Mamidala, ACFI Secretary and Head of Cargo at Air India Limited; Mr. Prasad Gengussetti, ACFI Governing Board Member and COO at GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo; Mr. Manoj Singh, ACFI Governing Board Member and Chief Cargo Officer at Adani Airport Holdings; Mr. Keku Bomi Gazder, ACFI Governing Board Member and MD & CEO at Aviapro Logistic Services Pvt Ltd.; Mr. Kamesh Peri, ACFI Governing Board Member and CEO at Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Satyajit Bhattacharjee, Member of ACFI Goa Chapter and Business Development Manager Cargo & Commercial at GMR Goa Air Cargo; along with Mr. K.S. Kunwar, Director General of ACFI.

The event saw participation from 140 delegates across the air cargo and aviation industry, including key ACFI members and senior leaders from Customs, the Goa Chamber of Commerce, the Goa CHA Association, ASSOCHAM, GCCI, GPMA, and FFFAI.

Under Mr. Thakur Purushottam’s leadership, the Goa Chapter is set to thrive, leveraging his two decades of experience in the air cargo and aviation sectors. The ACFI Governing Board believes his expertise in cargo handling, operations, business development, project management, and documentation will greatly benefit the association.

In the coming weeks, the ACFI Governing Board and Secretariat will appoint the Goa Chapter Board members, focusing on enhancing air cargo trade in the region. This initiative aims to advocate for regulatory changes, upskill industry colleagues, organize specialized events and workshops, and foster collaboration with other trade bodies. The Goa Chapter’s primary objective is to align with the ACFI Head Office, promoting the air cargo industry to achieve global standards. The newly elected Chairman, Mr. Thakur, stated, “As Chairman of the Goa Chapter, I am dedicated to closely collaborating with every single vertical under the ACFI umbrella. This collaboration will ensure the successful implementation of our regional initiatives, fully supported by our ACFI President and esteemed members. My vision is to build strong connections between the ACFI Goa Chapter and key players in the air cargo and supply chain sectors in Goa and the adjoining region. I firmly believe that managing the complexities of supply chain management and distribution networks effectively in this evolving landscape calls for building a strategic roadmap for air cargo logistics. I assure you that the entire Goa Chapter will strive towards bolstering development initiatives to boost trade not only within this chapter but across the country.”

“ACFI is dedicated to building a world-class air cargo ecosystem in India that adheres to the highest international standards. I am convinced that India’s air cargo infrastructure has the potential to be a global benchmark, admired for its scale, efficiency, and speed, even by the most advanced economies. Our Goa Chapter, in particular, will be crucial in achieving this vision. Overall, the establishment of Goa as the ninth ACFI regional chapter is a landmark achievement, as it solidifies the strides that we are making for the advancement of Air Cargo. It exemplifies our commitment to advancing the air cargo logistics industry and underscores our proactive approach to supporting the nation’s trade and economic growth. I am confident that this chapter, along with GOX International Airport, will add substantial value to the shippers in the catchment area, paving the way for a more integrated, efficient, and dynamic air cargo logistics landscape in India,’’

Mr. Yashpal Sharma, ACFI President.

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