The Aviation Experts Group (AEG) meeting was held virtually on 03 August 2020 and was attended by 105 participants from 19 economy members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), namely: Australia, Canada, China, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United States, and Viet Nam. Two guests also attended – from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Macao, China.
The AEG meeting focused on two priority topics – plans for APEC funded AEG projects amidst the ongoing pandemic as well as impacts of COVID-19 on mobility and connectivity, including supply chains. Ten economies and one guest (the IATA) presented on the latter topic.
The discussions sought to share best practices to ensure resilient transport/logistics connectivity, especially for medical and food supply chains as well as to promote common standards and procedures, such as those developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to facilitate essential movement of people and goods.
Atty. Maria Cecilia Paguirigan, Chief Financial Analyst of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) shared a presentation on the Philippines’ response to the pandemic, such as travel bans from certain locations, mandatory quarantine requirements and suspension of visa issuance. Aside from the safety and health protocols undertaken by the Philippine government before, during, and after a flight, Atty. Paguirigan also discussed some of the economic measures implemented in the country amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Headed by Col. Gil Leopoldo Maglaque from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) the Philippine Delegation was composed of representatives from the CAAP, CAB, Office for Transportation Security (OTS), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), and Department of Transportation (DOTr)