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					                          6TH APEC TRANSPORTATION MINISTERIAL MEETING
                              Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
                                    Manila, Philippines, 27-29 April 2009



 1                 DRAFT JOINT TRANSPORTATION MINISTERIAL STATEMENT
 2                                  As of 27 April 2009
 3
 4   Introduction
 5
 6   1.     As Ministers responsible for transportation in the APEC region, we met in
 7   Manila, the Philippines to continue the progress of our work towards achieving a
 8   safe, secure and efficient transportation system as well as realizing the primary goals
 9   of free and open trade and investment in the region. In this regard, we express our
10   resolve to provide the APEC region with seamless and environmentally friendly
11   transportation systems through innovation and the use of advanced technology,
12   congestion reduction, enhanced transport safety,              security and effective
13   sustainability.
14
15   2.     Since our first meeting in Washington, United States of America in June 1995,
16   we have met many challenges in fulfilling the directives of our Leaders. While
17   primarily focusing on free and open trade and investment, we have achieved great
18   strides in balancing this work with initiatives on transport safety and security across
19   all modes of transportation.
20
21   3.     We have recently witnessed disturbing events in the global financial and
22   energy sectors. The current global economic crisis and volatile energy prices have
23   not only undermined the economic gains we have achieved over the past several
24   years but have also threatened transportation components of each economy and
25   the global transport supply chain. We share the concerns of our Leaders about the
26   negative impact of volatile global food prices. We recognize that efficient
27   transportation and distribution systems are necessary to help stabilize these prices.
28
29   4.    Concerned by the recent public health developments in a number of our
30   economies, we call upon our officials to work closely with the transportation industry
31   and with their colleagues in the public health agencies to enhance preparedness for
32   and contain the spread of pandemic influenza. 1
33
34   5.     We reaffirm our commitment to achieve the goals of free and open trade with
35   the view to promoting growth and development as well as rapid recovery from the
36   current economic slowdown as stated in the Leaders Declaration in Lima, Peru in
37   November 2008. We recognize the commitment of APEC Ministers to stand firm
38   against any protectionist sentiment arising out of the crisis and maintain the progress
39   towards free and open trade and investment.
40
41   6.      We welcome the report of the Transportation Working Group and appreciate
42   its accomplishments made possible through active and sustained cooperation among
43   APEC member economies in the fulfillment of our Leaders’, as well as our own
44   directives. We request the Working Group to continue its efforts to address the


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         New proposal from Canada as of 4/27/09. To be raised at Ministers’ Retreat under Theme 1.

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45   issues raised in the report and give priority to those issues we have identified and
46   other emerging issues which are essential for the transportation sector.
47
48   6. We further outline our specific priorities for the next two years as:
49
50      A. Liberalization and Facilitation of Transport Services
51
52   7.     We reaffirm our Leaders’ commitment to the Bogor Goals as a key organizing
53   principle and driving force for APEC. We recognize that the Bogor Goals will be
54   achieved through unilateral reforms, and bilateral and multilateral trade and
55   transportation agreements or other means. We applaud the work that has been
56   completed and look forward to full implementation according to Leaders’ directives.
57
58   8.      In an environment of continued economic challenges, we reaffirm our
59   commitment to achieve greater liberalization of the transportation sector. In this
60   regard, we support APEC’s work to strengthen Regional Economic Integration (REI)
61   in the APEC region through promoting free and open trade and investment.
62
63   9.      We recognize that progress towards liberalization of air services has been
64   challenging,     as APEC member economies attempt to balance the benefits of
65   liberalization with their other objectives. We urge all APEC member economies to
66   recognize the long-term benefits of open markets and economic integration, as well
67   as the importance of fair and equitable opportunities and to continue to work towards
68   agreements or other means to achieve air services liberalization to enhance mobility
69   of people and goods in the region.
70
71   10.    In the area of maritime transport services, we commend the launch in
72   November 2008 of the APEC Port Services Network (APSN) in Ningbo, China which
73   aims to facilitate cooperation and communication among ports and related sectors in
74   the APEC region, as instructed by the Leaders during the November 2006 meeting in
75   Ha Noi, Viet Nam. We encourage all member economies to participate as APSN
76   Council Members and to promote collaboration and communication among their
77   ports and related sectors through the APSN. We look forward to the results of the
78   next meeting of the APSN Council in May 2009 in Vancouver, Canada which will
79   present the first opportunity for the private sector to engage in the new forum. We
80   welcome the proposal to develop an APEC Port Database, training courses for the
81   port industry and a workshop for senior management staff on port facility security.
82
83   11.     We encourage member economies to review their status with regard to
84   liberalization in the maritime transport sector and endorse the initiative to remove
85   restrictions applied to specific maritime trade.
86
87   12.      We recognize the importance of contribution by the Working Group to trade
88   facilitation by aligning domestic standards with international standards where
89   possible, and collaboration with other international fora.
90

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 91   13.   We acknowledge the progress of member economies towards the vehicle
 92   standards harmonization and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). This is
 93   accomplished through the multilateral arrangements administered by the World
 94   Forum on Vehicle Standards and the International Organization for Standards (ISO).
 95   We urge member economies to continue their progress on this effort.
 96
 97      B. Seamless Transportation Systems
 98
 99   14.    We support the Working Group’s initiatives to enhance seamless
100   interconnectivity among the various modes within the transportation system to
101   ensure effective, safe, secure and efficient movement of people and goods while
102   improving the conservation of natural resources and mitigating environmental
103   impacts. This includes efforts to address congestion and intermodal issues.
104
105   15.      We stress the importance of transportation in enhancing physical connectivity
106   and integrating markets. In particular, transportation systems that have well-
107   integrated road and rail elements are essential for bringing goods to and from ports.
108   A well integrated transport system addresses congestion and operational issues in
109   order to achieve free and open trade in the APEC region. We instruct the Working
110   Group to work closely with the APEC Committee on Trade and Investment and
111   Economic Committee (CTI-EC) to implement the APEC Supply Chain Connectivity
112   initiative.
113
114   16.   We believe that the development and implementation of selected integrated
115   technologies are important to the successful management and operation of
116   intermodal transportation.
117
118   17.     We instruct the Working Group to include activities addressing the
119   implementation of selected integrated technologies in the management and
120   operation of intermodal transportation such as the ITS, the Global Navigation
121   Satellite Systems (GNSS) and the Secure and Smart Containers (SSC). We
122   encourage the development of international standards through liaison with the ISO,
123   workforce training, information sharing, and research on transportation systems, and
124   improve supply chain management processes in an environmentally sustainable
125   way.
126
127   18.    We instruct the Working Group to build upon the work of relevant regional and
128   international multilateral organizations and to avoid duplication of their efforts.
129
130   19.     We acknowledge efforts towards disaster risk reduction, preparedness, and
131   management and recognize the excellent work under the auspices of the Counter-
132   Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) led by Singapore and a multi-economy working group
133   to develop an APEC Trade Recovery Programme. We instruct the Working Group to
134   follow the progress in this regard and offer assistance to CTTF as necessary.
135
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138              C. Aviation Safety and Security
139
140   20.     Taking into account the different stages of economic development among
141   member economies, we instruct the Working Group to ensure the efforts in the area
142   of aviation safety to continue to complement the work of ICAO including conducting a
143   review of the recent Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) outcomes
144   to help identify for member economies common deficiencies and reconciling any
145   differences from ICAO standards with the aim to improve compliance.
146
147   21.    Efforts should be focused in particular on mitigating against runway
148   incursions, improving runway lighting and marking and overall ICAO compliance with
149   runway standards. Member economies are encouraged to implement ICAO
150   standards in English proficiency and safety management systems and to share
151   aviation safety data.
152
153   22.     In the area of aviation security, we instruct the Working Group to continue to
154   examine emerging approaches to enhancing air cargo security; share information on
155   efficient screening technologies and training; and continue to harmonize aviation
156   security measures in the APEC region. It is important for the Working Group to
157   support the second cycle of ICAO’s Universal Security Audit Program and for
158   member economies to work towards continuous improvement of transport security
159   oversight and quality control.
160
161         D. Land Transport and Mass Transit Safety and Security
162
163   23.      We recognize the immense human and economic cost of motor vehicle and
164   rail crashes to all member economies. We note the important contribution of
165   transportation related safety programs to the economic and social well being of each
166   member economy in the APEC region. We therefore encourage the promotion,
167   institutionalization and implementation of best practices and technologies designed
168   to create a safer road and rail environment. We urge member economies to
169   continue developing action plans to address the tragic social and economic cost due
170   to road trauma in the APEC region.
171
172   24.    We instruct the Working Group to continue knowledge sharing and capacity
173   building and encourage science-based and transparent vehicle regulatory systems
174   and adoption of international standards on vehicle safety and emissions. In
175   particular, recognizing pressures on natural resource usage, air quality, congestion,
176   and greenhouse gas emissions from rising private usage, we urge member
177   economies to exchange information on ways to promote the development of cleaner
178   and more fuel efficient vehicles. 2
179
180   25.    We acknowledge the efforts of individual member economies to promote the
181   security of land transport and mass transit systems such as the development of


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          Revised proposed text by USA, supported by MEG (4/27/09). Still to be discussed.

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182   guidelines for security planning as well as systems approach to transit security. (refer
183   back to LEG re systems approach)
184
185   26.    We instruct the Working Group to use these initiatives to advance its work by
186   developing best practices on topics such as threat and risk assessment, drills and
187   exercises and security awareness training. We also call on the Working Group to
188   continue its collaboration with other relevant fora to promote knowledge sharing on
189   land transport security measures.
190
191   27.     Owing to the vulnerability of land and mass transit systems from threats of
192   terrorism, we welcome the successful development of the International Working
193   Group on Land Transport Security (IWGLTS.) We instruct the Working Group to
194   continue developing initiatives to further promote land transport security specifically
195   aimed at the protection of mass transit systems in cooperation with other fora such
196   as the IWGLTS.
197
198       E. Maritime Safety and Security
199
200   28.   Noting the 5th Anniversary of the implementation of the International Ship and
201   Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, adopted by the International Maritime
202   Organization (IMO), we encourage the exchange of information on its
203   implementation with a view to identifying the lessons learned, gaps and challenges,
204   and the benefits accrued by member economies. We encourage developed member
205   economies to assist in the training programs and further encourage the Working
206   Group to cooperate with relevant multilateral organizations.
207
208   29.   We note the progress of the ISPS Code Implementation Assistance Program
209   and express support for the forthcoming implementation of related activities such as
210   the sub-regional workshops on the use of the Manual of Maritime Security Drills and
211   Exercises and the Port Security Visit Program (PSVP).
212
213   30.    We condemn in the strongest possible terms, acts of piracy and armed
214   robbery against ocean going vessels and innocent seafarers off the coast of Somalia
215   and express our collective support of the decisive actions of the United Nations (UN)
216   and relevant organizations to protect vital international shipping lanes for overseas
217   trade.
218
219   31 We recognize the crucial role of international cooperation and effective
220   information sharing in addressing the problem of piracy and armed robbery against
221   ships, and commend the efforts taken by all sides.1/ the IMO, and other relevant
222   parties.2/ the IMO and the cooperation among the littoral states 3 and the Information
223   Sharing Center of Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and
224   Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP)3.
225

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        3 Options on how to end para. 31, 1- proposal by Indonesia; 2-proposal by Canada; 3-proposal by Singapore,
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226   32.   We instruct the Working Group to cooperate with the IMO on its efforts to
227   undertake an analysis of small boats as potential threats to maritime security.
228
229   33.     We express support for the important work of the IMO on Voluntary Member
230   State Audit Scheme and urge relevant member economies to ensure active
231   participation aimed at enhancing maritime safety.
232
233           F. Sustainable Transport
234
235   34.     We recognize that greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on climate
236   change present a major global challenge to the environment and the need for
237   transportation to make its contribution to the global response to this challenge. We
238   instruct the Working Group to focus on options to help address emissions from
239   transport without unduly affecting the safe and efficient carriage of people and cargo
240   and growth of the transport industry
241
242   35.   We note the progress made by the Ministerial Conference on Global
243   Environment and Energy in Transport (MEET) held in Tokyo, Japan in January 2009.
244
245   36.    APEC Ministers express our concern with the recently adopted EU Emissions
246   Trading Scheme (ETS) directive. This directive goes against the decisions taken by
247   ICAO, which call on states to refrain from unilateral actions, and contradicts the
248   adopted norms and principles of international law and the spirit of the Chicago
249   Convention on Civil Aviation. APEC Transportation Ministers prefer a global solution
250   to a global problem, and advocates the work through the Group on International
251   Aviation Climate Change (GIACC) at ICAO to address international aviation
252   emissions. 4
253
254   37.      The Working Group should continue the work of the Aviation Emissions Task
255   Force (AETF) to further advance activities such as the Asia and South Pacific
256   Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE), exchanges of information on efficient Air
257   Traffic Management (ATM) and progress thus far accomplished in reducing
258   environmental impact; encourage the continued implementation of Performance
259   Based Navigation (PBN) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-
260   B), both of which aim to result in more efficient fuel utilization.
261
262   38.   Realizing the need to identify opportunities for the development and
263   promotion of energy efficient transport policies and practices, we instruct the Working
264   Group to take an active role in collaborating with the APEC Energy Working Group
265   (EWG) in providing and adopting energy efficient processes and technologies and
266   the APEC Agricultural Technical Cooperation Working Group (ATCWG) to promote
267   the development of next generation biofuels made from non-food materials.
268


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        Proposal from Russia (as of 4/27/09). Supported by Air Experts Group. To be further discussed by HODs with
      their Ministers for further discussion in the Ministers’ Retreat under Theme 3.

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269   39.    In our desire to assist in addressing the issue of green house gas emissions
270   from transportation sources by increasing fuel efficiency, we instruct the Working
271   Group to identify opportunities for the development and promotion of fuel efficient
272   transport policies and practices, including the use of alternative fuels for
273   transportation vehicles and aircraft and to identify barriers to implement such policies
274   and practices and determining appropriate actions to be taken. Fuel-efficient policies
275   and practices will assist APEC member economies to achieve sustainable economic
276   and environmental benefits. In this respect, we request member economies to
277   share information on their practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all
278   modes of transportation.
279
280          G. Industry Involvement
281
282   40.    Having recognized the important role of the private sector in the realization of
283   our current and future initiatives, we instruct the Working Group to broaden its
284   partnership with industry. We support the concept of Corporate Social
285   Responsibility (CSR) and require the Working Group to include CSR in its work.
286
287   41.     We recognize the importance of transport infrastructure as an essential
288   element in supporting economic activity and growth. While recognizing the special
289   role of the public sector at this time of financial and economic crisis, we welcome the
290   agreement of Finance Ministers to support greater integration in the area of Public-
291   Private Partnerships (PPP) which can be used over the longer term to meet the
292   transportation infrastructure requirements of member economies.
293
294          H. Information Sharing
295
296   42.    Information sharing is one of the most effective means for learning best
297   practices. In enhancing better cooperation and partnership between and among
298   member economies, we instruct the Working Group to consider the possibility of
299   providing a platform for a virtual forum in real time through the Working Group
300   website with linkages to web-based tools available from international organizations.
301
302   43.      Skills are important to support the development of effective transportation
303   systems. The continuous upgrade of the ability of the workforce to develop, manage
304   and safely implement existing and emerging technologies is essential to the on-going
305   facilitation of trade in the APEC region. We instruct the Working Group to promote
306   the institutionalization, dissemination and implementation of best practices and
307   technologies to enable more people to benefit from such technologies.
308
309   44.   We also desire broader cooperation arrangements for sharing best practices
310   on the latest development in ports, airports and land transportation safety, security
311   and port capacity and addressing congestion issues for intermodal cargo movement.
312
313
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316         Closing Statement
317
318   44. Over the next two years, we are mindful that, as our work progresses, the
319   transportation sector will continue to face challenges as a result of the continuing
320   changes in the global economic and political landscape. We therefore recognize the
321   need for seamless, sustainable and open transport systems to facilitate trade and
322   investment. We remain committed, as a community, to continue to assist each other
323   and cooperate on issues of mutual concern. We agree to meet again in 2011 to
324   continue to work towards the achievement of the APEC goals.




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