Participants arrive for APEC transportation meeting

Participants from the Asia Pacific Region have arrived in Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meet.

The 42nd transportation working group meeting will be held from April 4-7 at the National Convention Centre. Over 200 participants from 21 countries are expected to attend the event.

The first contingent from participating countries arrived early this morning and more groups arrived during the day.

Department of Transport Secretary Roy Mumu has welcomed all delegates from APEC Economies to Moresby.

“We hope to provide them not only a good venue to discuss APEC transportation policy matters, but also an environment for them to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the people of PNG.

“We want them to see and experience the rich culture of PNG during their stay,” said Mumu.

Discussions in the Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) cover all modes of transportation and are highly technical in nature.

The TPTWG has four main expert groups, which are aviation, maritime, land and intermodal and intelligent transport systems.

Registration and a welcome reception are scheduled for tomorrow (Monday).

The Wikipedia states: “Asia-Pacific or Asia Pacific (abbreviated as Asia-Pac, AsPac, APAC, APJ, JAPA or JAPAC) is the part of the world in or near the Western Pacific Ocean.

“The region varies in size depending on which context, but it typically includes much of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.”

The Asia-Pacific region generally includes:

ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, East Timor, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and South Korea.

PIF: Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia (associate member), Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia (associate member), New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau*, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga and Tuvalu.

SAARC: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan Sri Lanka,

Others: American Samoa*, Guam*, Mongolia, Northern Mariana Islands*, North Korea, Pitcairn Islands, Taiwan and Wallis and Futuna*.

(*Observers to the Pacific Islands Forum)

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