The Intermodal and ITS Experts Group (IIEG) meeting was held virtually on 18 August 2020 and was attended by 109 delegates from 17 economy members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), namely: Australia, Canada, China, Chile, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States, and Viet Nam. The International Transport Forum (ITF) and Pacific Basin Council (PBEC) attended as non-member participants.
The IIEG virtual meeting mainly discussed two agenda themes: (1) updates of on-going projects and introduction of new concept notes; and, (2) issues related to the impacts of COVID-19 on mobility and connectivity including global supply chains.
Updates were provided on four ongoing APEC projects endorsed by the IIEG: Disruptive Technologies and the Changing Nature of Work in the Transportation Sector (Canada); Promote Supply Chain Connectivity by Enhancing and Better Understanding Digital Innovation in APEC Port Industry (China); Combating Human Trafficking by Addressing Illicit Uses of Transportation (United States); and Identifying Uses of App-Based Transportation Mobility Technologies for Inclusive Smart Cities (United States).
During the economy presentations on the impacts of COVID-19 on mobility and connectivity including global supply chains, Chinese Taipei highlighted how it has become an effective model of excellence in fighting COVID-19 by combining transparency and honesty with prevention measures. Consistent control measures and transparent public communication and education are the key to effectively control the spread of the virus.
The Philippine Delegation was headed by Atty. Frank Edward Marty from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Other members of the delegation were representatives from CAAP, Philippine Ports Authority and the Department’s Planning and Project Development Office and International Cooperation Division.