Department of Transport - Secretary's Welcome

It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Government and people of PNG, to welcome all APEC delegates to the 42nd Transportation Working Group (TPT-WG 42) meeting in Port Moresby from 4-7 April 2016.  As a diverse and geographically complex country, Papua New Guinea recognises the key importance of transportation as an enabler of trade and economic prosperity.  Papua New Guinea is honoured to host TPT-WG 42 and looks forward to fruitful discussions and meeting outcomes.

What is the 42nd Transport Working Group Meeting all about??

The efficient and safe transportation of goods and people is key to APEC’s goal of free and open trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) aims to achieve the liberalisation of transportation services and works to enhance the safety of APEC transport systems to encourage economic development in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to balance security, safety and environmental requirements with trade facilitation and its efforts are focused on: the facilitation of domestic policy regulations; the development of intermodal supply chains and secure transport activity; the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility; and building the capacity of all stakeholders to help them reach the eventual goal of free and open trade. At the same time, parallel measures are being undertaken by individual economies to strengthen the security of all transportation modes – land, sea and air.

The TPTWG has a clearly defined set of priority action areas based on the 2006 Leaders’ Declaration, the 2016, 42nd Transportation Working Group meeting in Papua New Guinea will add to these priorities:

  • Aggressive road safety strategies tailored to the special circumstances of each economy.
  • Prioritise the harmonisation of security measures, noting that differences in security processes across the region have implications for both passengers and industry, and in particular to work together on mass transit security measures.
  • Help developing economies comply with global security requirements such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
  • Develop timetables and strategies to work towards the liberalisation of air services.
  • Work together on a balanced package of options for addressing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.

Achievements

The TPTWG became a part of the Travel Facilitation Initiative and works in close coordination with other APEC working groups, including the Energy Working Group, the Business Mobility Group, the Sub-Committee on Customs Procedures and others.

How APEC has benefitted the Partner Economies?

APEC has grown to become a dynamic engine of economic growth and one of the most important regional forums in the Asia-Pacific. Its 21 member economies are home to around 2.8 billion people and represent approximately 57 per cent of world GDP and 47 per cent of world trade in 2012.

As a result of APEC’s work, growth has soared in the region, with real GDP doubling from just USD 16 trillion in 1989 to USD 31 trillion in 2013. Meanwhile, residents of the Asia-Pacific saw their per capita income rise by 45 per cent, lifting millions out of poverty and creating a growing middle class in just over two decades.

Bringing the region closer together, reducing trade barriers, and smoothing out differences in regulations have boosted trade which, in turn, has led to this dramatic increase in prosperity. Average tariffs fell from 17 per cent in 1989 to 5.2 per cent in 2012. During that same time period, the APEC region’s total trade increased over seven times—outpacing the rest of the world with two-thirds of this trade occurring between member economies.

APEC Mission Statement

APEC is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum. Our primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

We are united in our drive to build a dynamic and harmonious Asia-Pacific community by championing free and open trade and investment, promoting and accelerating regional economic integration, encouraging economic and technical cooperation, enhancing human security, and facilitating a favorable and sustainable business environment. Our initiatives turn policy goals into concrete results and agreements into tangible benefits.