Minister Fast Highlights Canadian Success in ASEAN

Photo: Minister Fast (fifth from left) with executives of CAE, including Kevin Speed, Vice President and Business Leader -Asia and President of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (fourth from left), and Gene Colabatistto, Group President, Military Simulation Products, Training and Services (fifth from right).

October 9, 2013 - Singapore - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, celebrates the recent launch of CAE’s civil flight-training centre in Singapore, which features two CAE A320 simulators. This is CAE’s third civil flight-training centre in an ASEAN county, reflecting the growth potential in the region. The other two are in the Philippines and Malaysia.

Many ASEAN countries span thousands of islands stretched over large distances, making aviation the only viable mode of long-distance domestic and international transportation. According to a recent study by Deloitte, air travel in ASEAN countries is expected to increase to 900 million passengers by 2015, up 50 percent over 2010. For more information, consult ASEAN Aerospace Market Profile.

During more than three decades of sales in Southeast Asia, CAE has established itself as a leader in its field in both civil and defence markets. CAE has sold full-flight simulators to emerging operators including Malaysia’s AirAsia, Philippines’ Cebu Pacific and Indonesia’s Lion Air, in addition to the national airlines of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore.

CAE is a global leader in modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defense. The company employs approximately 8,000 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in approximately 30 countries. CAE offers civil aviation, military, and helicopter training services in more than 45 locations worldwide and trains approximately 100,000 crew members yearly.

Minister Fast is in Singapore to launch the first Canada-ASEAN Business Forum, which is a major initiative of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council. Minister Fast launched the Council in August 2012 at the first ASEAN Economic Ministers-Canada Consultations. 

Minister Fast is in Asia from October 3 to 11. He attended the APEC and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meetings and the APEC CEO Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, from October 3 to 6 and joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the APEC Economic Leaders’ and the TPP Leaders’ meetings. He then travelled to Singapore to participate in the first Canada-ASEAN Business Council Forum on October 9. He will travel to China for a bilateral visit from October 10 to 11.

For more information, see Minister Fast Visits Asia.

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Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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