THE Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding Agents (HAFFA) has awarded diplomas to 23 graduates of the IATA-FIATA International Air Cargo Training Programme. The diplomas awarded included eight Introductory Diplomas, one with distinction, seven for Module I (International Air Cargo Rating) and eight for Module II (Dangerous Goods Handling), one with distinction. The pass rate for Module I was far above the international average, with the first paper achieving a pass rate of 92 per cent. During the awards ceremony, a HAFFA official said the programme was vital to Hong Kong's air freight industry. ''As our industry grows and becomes more and more sophisticated, it is imperative that high levels of professionalism are maintained and improved upon, in order to fulfil the requirements of our customers as well as carriers,'' she said. ''We are delighted at the continuing enthusiasm and diligence shown by the future leaders of the Hong Kong air freight industry, and are confident that they will contribute greatly to the growth of the industry.'' First run under the auspices of HAFFA in 1987, the IATA-FIATA training programme is aimed at maintaining and improving the levels of professionalism in the air cargo industry.