World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Transportation Ministers: Reduce Emissions

Transportation Ministers: Reduce Emissions

Issued by the APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 9 October 2017 – Papua New Guinea Minister Justin Tkatchenko opened a key policy meeting of APEC Transportation Ministers by underscoring the need for greater action to improve the lives of millions of people around the Asia-Pacific. He said this is fundamental to economic growth and development.

Transportation Ministers from APEC member economies convened in Port Moresby to improve connectivity and trade flows in the region. They are intent on easing integration bottlenecks to drive job creation and growth that benefits more people.

“The challenges we face in the transportation sector are not just domestic, they are regional and global and require multilateral action,” said Minister Tkatchenko.

“In the APEC region, the convergence of infrastructure and services will enhance our capacity and improve supply chain connectivity,” Minister Tkatchenko explained. “APEC economies represent more than half our global trade and the billions of people in our region depend on us to deliver efficient transportation systems that will provide investment, enhance business and create jobs.”

Ministers considered reforms to bridge port, airport and road network gaps, and facilitate efficient, safe, secure and environmentally sustainable supply chains connecting all areas of APEC economies.

“Our theme focuses on advancing regional economic integration and inclusive growth,” said Papua New Guinea Transport Minister Westly Nukundj, Chair of the APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting. “Resilient and sustainable transportation connectivity is very important for our region.”

“Taking advantage of digital developments, the region continues to grow and we need to focus on reducing emissions and providing a greener planet for all,” added Minister Nukundj. “We need to commit to the overarching agenda for improving connectivity and deepening regional economic integration through transportation safety and security.”

Ministers are also detailing next steps in APEC to connect workers, businesses and prospective customers across borders, guided by inputs from the private sector on their fast-evolving transportation requirements.

Earlier in the day, Transport Ministers held a dialogue with the private sector with a focus on increasing the efficiently of air traffic management and simultaneously reducing emissions and promoting sustainable travel through technological improvements and digitized awareness. The Ministers heard from representatives of International Air Transport Association, Air Niugini and Qantas.

Papua New Guinea will host APEC in 2018.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Tonga Eruption: At Least 3 Dead, Amid Severe Destruction
At least three people have died in Tonga following the massive volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami wave that hit over the weekend. Homes and other buildings across the archipelago have suffered major damage... More>>

Save The Children: Tonga Volcano Ash And Smoke Cause Concern For Air And Water Safety
Families in Tonga are at risk of exposure to unsafe air and water due to ash and smoke from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano that erupted on Saturday, reports Save the Children...
More>>



Sudan: 15 Attacks On Health Facilities And Workers In Two Months

With the crisis escalating in Sudan, there have been 15 reports of attacks on healthcare workers and health facilities since last November, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday... More>>


Ethiopia: UN Chief Lauds ‘Demonstrable Effort To Make Peace’

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was “delighted” to learn that “a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia is finally underway, according to information relayed to him by the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa... More>>


Tigray: Agencies Suspend Aid As ‘Scores’ Are Killed Due To Airstrikes
Recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, have reportedly killed scores of civilians, including children, and left many more injured... More>>


UN News: For 25th Year In A Row, Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinks

2021 marked the 25th year in a row in which the key Greenland ice sheet lost more mass during the melting season, than it gained during the winter, according to a new UN-endorsed report issued on Friday... More>>