ACS convenes meeting on regional air connectivity

first_imgThe Association of Caribbean States (ACS), through its Directorate of Transport, convened the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport at the ACS Secretariat in Port of Spain.In the introductory remarks delivered on behalf of the government, the Fitzgerald Hinds, M P, Minister of Works and Transport of Trinidad and Tobago pledged to exert the best efforts to continue achievements by the Special Committee of Transport.Engineer Pedro Suarez Reyes representing Cuba, in its capacity as Chair of the Special Committee for Transport, stated that there continues to be motivation to improve transport in the region. This is evidenced by ACS initiatives such as: the Air and Transport Agreement, the Port and Maritime Strategy and the Maps of Maritime Routes of the Greater Caribbean.H.E. Alfonso Múnera, Secretary General of the ACS in his remarks stated that the ACS is currently engaged in dialogue with Avianca, Taca Airlines and Caribbean Airlines Limited with the aim of exploring possibilities to increase air connectivity throughout the Greater Caribbean Region. Once connectivity is achieved, the Greater Caribbean Region will realise its full potential as a multi-destination tourism zone.George Nicholson, ACS Director of Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction, presented a report on activities completed over the past year, ongoing projects, new initiatives and collaborative efforts in which the Directorate is currently engaged. Director Nicolson also presented the Directorate Work Programme 2016-2017.The report mentioned that significant results have been achieved in the following initiatives – the Port and Maritime Strategy and the Hydrographic Risk Assessment for the Greater Caribbean. The former seeks to meet the foreign trade needs of the Greater Caribbean regarding maritime-port development, taking into account the expansion of the Panama Canal while the latter intends to develop a risk assessment method which identifies the critical areas in need of hydrographic surveys.One of the highlights of the meeting was the signing of the MoU between the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) and the ACS. This MoU aims to encourage cooperation between these two institutions to promote capacity development among the ports in the Greater Caribbean Region.The meeting welcomed participants from ACS Member, Associate Member and Observer Countries. Representatives from international organisations and institutions such as the Suriname Ports Management Company, the Port Managers Association of the Caribbean (PMAC), the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Caribbean Development Bank, the Maritime Safety, Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) of Guyana, and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID).last_img

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