AAP and DOT to Host 2018 FIA Sport Conference in Manila
Every year the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile holds the FIA Sport Conference (FIA SC) which is attended by representatives from 245 organizations in 143 countries. The FIA, based in Paris, is the governing body of four-wheel motor sport worldwide.
Slated this June 4 to 6 in Manila, the FIA SC will gather some 400 delegates from FIA National Sporting Authorities (NSAs) and mobility clubs around the world. The first time to be held in Asia, the Conference includes the MotorEx offering an industry-themed showcase and platform for the analysis of future trends and opportunities in motor sport and featuring key decision-makers, event promoters and leading figures from racing and rallying.
As the FIA’s NSA in the Philippines, the AAP will be hosting the Conference with the support of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and corporate sponsors including Petron as the official fuel partner, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation (BMW Philippines) and Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. as logistics partners.
On February 14, FIA Sport Conference Project Director Frederique Trouve formally turned over the hosting of the 2018 FIA Sport Conference to AAP President Gus Lagman in the presence of FIA Events Manager Martin Lalande , DOT Undersecretary Allan Canizal, FIA SC 2018 National Organizing Council Committee Government Sector Chair/DOT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre, National Organizing Council Committee Private Sector Chair/AAP Trustee and Tourism and Travel Committee Chair Mina T. Gabor and Co-Chair/AAP Trustee and Motor Sport Chair Mandy Eduque.
“AAP has been very active in participating in FIA conferences and we have seen their loyalty and motivation in promoting motor sport among the youth through efforts such as the Motor Sport Development Program. They have also organized many activities in terms of training in road safety,” said Trouve.
At this year’s gathering, the FIA would like to integrate road safety with motor sport.
“We need to educate the new generation about motor sport.” Trouve said “One of the most difficult things to do is to attract the youth to the sport and we aim to do this through road safety.”
Lalande said that the schedule may include a seminar for senior officials in the region before the conference.
Other possible activities are an extrication demo and motor sport activities like drifting, auto cross, slalom, e-karting and the FIA-certified online Gran Turismo Asian Regional Finals Championship. The FIA plans to invite school children to the extrication demo and motor sport activities aside from opening them to the general public.
FIA Sport Conference Project Director Frederique Trouve hands over to AAP President Gus Lagman the letter from FIA President Jean Todt formally transferring the hosting of the 2018 FIA Sport Conference to AAP.
At the turnover ceremony, seated left to right: FIA SC 2018 National Organizing Council Committee Government Sector Chair/DOT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre, FIA Sport Conference Project Director Frederique Trouve, AAP President Gus Lagman, DOT Undersecretary Allan Canizal. Standing left to right: National Organizing Council Committee Private Sector Co-Chair/AAP Trustee and Motorsport Chair Mandy Eduque, National Organizing Council Committee Private Sector Chair/AAP Trustee and Tourism and Travel Committee Chair Mina T. Gabor, FIA Events Manager Martin Lalande and DOT National Capital Region Director Cynthia Lazo. Not in photo: FIA Head of Travel Pierre-Yves Val