Minister’s Welcome Message-10th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting (TMM10)

On behalf of the Government and people of PNG, I would like to welcome my colleague Ministers, representatives of APEC Economies, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat-Dr. Alan Bollard and TPTWG Lead Shepherd Mr. Nick Brown to PNG for the 10th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting (TMM 10) from the 6th-8th October 2017. I would like to also thank Viet Nam for accepting PNG’s offer to host TMM 10 which will allow PNG to test out our APEC readiness systems and capacity in preparation for the AELM in 2018.

We commend Vietnam for its commitment as hosts of APEC 2017 and its active and supportive contributions as current Deputy Lead Sheppard to the APEC Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) The theme of theTMM10 “Advancing Regional Economic Integration through Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Connectivity & Engagement in the Digital Age focuses across a wide range of issues and initiatives that are so relevant to the transportation sector in embracing both Vietnam and PNG’s APEC hosting themes.

Being the new Minister to my portfolio in the new PNG Government,I have been informed and advised, of Viet Nam’s priorities for this year such as; sustainable and inclusive growth, regional economic integration, promotion of small and medium business which are important for APEC to accelerate the realisation of the Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment in Asia Pacific as we progress towards the post 2020 era.

The TMM10 will continue to discuss ongoing and new initiatives, and pertinent issues under the Vietnam’s theme “Creating New Dynamism, Fostering a Shared Future”. TMM 10 will need to support and discuss the 2017 theme and priorities and commit to advance APEC’s overarching agenda of improving connectivity and deepening Regional Economic Integration through; transportation safety and security, APEC Port Services Network, Capacity Building, Women in Transportation, and initiatives in preventing Human Trafficking. We must also continue to work towards APEC’s goal of achieving a seamless and comprehensively connected and integrated Asia-Pacific by 2025 and the implementation of the APEC Connectivity Blueprint 2015-2025.

It is hoped that the TMM10 outcomes will firm up resolutions from the past years, and provide the way forward to advancing progress towards Bogor Goals and to advance the resolutions of APEC TMM 09 held in Cebu, Philippines in 2015 which were also actively discussed at the Transportation Working Group Meetings in 2016 and 2017.

PNG will be the host for APEC 2018 and I once again take this opportunity to welcome my Colleague Transportation Ministers from APEC Economies & esteemed delegation members to PNG for TMM10 and hope you will enjoy our “Friendly Pacific Way” hospitality.

Welcome to Papua New Guinea.

Hon. Westly Nukundi Nukundj, MP
Minister for Transport & Infrastructure.

What is the Tenth Transportation Ministerial 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, and the Tenth Transportation Ministerial 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.