The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an international economic forum that was established in 1989 whose primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. It has twenty-one (21) member economies, the Philippines being a member since 1989.
APEC’s plans and programs are carried out by the four (4) high level committees:
Commitee on Trade and Investment
The Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) works under the direction of the APEC Ministers. The Senior Officials guide/oversee the activities of the Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces under the economic and technical cooperation. They meet three to four times a year with the chair from the host country and work to develop recommendations for APEC Economic Leaders.
One of the working groups under SOM is the Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) which aims to achieve the liberalization 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.
TPTWG holds its meeting bi-annually. It is chaired by the Lead Shepherd (currently Canada) and is composed of Expert Groups on intermodal, land, aviation and maritime transport, with sub-groups of experts addressing air services, aviation security, aviation safety, aviation emissions, maritime security, road safety, vehicle standards harmonization and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems).
The TPT-WG is attended by the representatives from this Department, Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Office for Transport Security (OTS), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) and Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA).
Senior Official Meeting Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation
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Budget and Management Committee
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Sub-committees, expert groups, working groups and task forces support the activities and projects led by the high level committees.
*Referenced from the official website of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)