AAIS, together with JTC, received a delegation from Japan headed by Mr. Mitsuhiro Machida from the Department of Commerce, Industry and Labor in the Okinawa Prefectural Government on 22 July 2016. They were in Singapore as part of their learning and research into developing an aerospace cluster in Okinawa that has been announced as the home of “MRO Japan”. AAIS Chief Executive Sia Kheng Yok hosted the delegation, which included Okinawa Prefecture officials as well as ANA, Japan Research Institute and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
JTC first briefed the delegation on the development of the Seletar Aerospace at the Seletar visitors centre at JTC Aviation Two. They were also given an overview on the Singapore aerospace industry and the role of AAIS. Discussions then moved to the development and fundamentals of building an infrastructure for aerospace as well as the manpower and skills training required to sustain the sector. The delegation also shared the growth prospects of the MRO business in Okinawa and welcomed possible synergies and collaboration opportunities with the Okinawa aerospace cluster companies.
AAIS is pleased to have been able to facilitate the visit and we wish the best for Okinawa’s development plans.