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24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport convenes in Caribbean

24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport convenes in Caribbean (Forimmediaterelease.net) PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) through its Directorate of Transport will convene the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport on October 16, 2015 at the ACS Secretariat in Port of Spain.

Through the delivery of the Directorate’s report, delivered by Mr. George Nicholson ACS Director of Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction, the meeting will present an update on activities completed over the past year, ongoing projects, new initiatives and collaborative efforts in which the Directorate is currently engaged. Director Nicolson will also present the Directorate Work Programme 2016-2017.

One of the highlights of the Meeting is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (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.

Progress made on the project “Maps of Maritime Routes of the Greater Caribbean,” will be presented by the Central American Commission on Transport (COCATRAM). The web-based map identifies shipping capacity through the region, including, among other things, ports of call, agents in each country, capacity of fleet, and availability of specialized services such as refrigerated containers. This map allows exporters, importers, vendors or buyers, both internationally and regionally to know when, how, through which operators and under what conditions they may transport their goods. This project is now in its 4th Phase and remains free for agencies of Member States to use, once registered.

Representatives from organizations such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present the results of the study ‘A Demand Model For Maritime Passenger Transportation in the Caribbean’; the University of the West Indies (UWI) will present on the topic ‘Status of hydrography in the Caribbean’; the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will present the results of the study ‘Making Air Transport Work Better for The Caribbean’.

The Meeting will welcome participants from ACS Member, Associate Member and Observer Countries. Representatives from international organizations and institutions such as the Board of the Suriname Ports Management Company, Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Maritime Safety, Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) of Guyana, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), St. Vincent&The Grenadines Port.

About the ACS

The Association of Caribbean States is the organization for consultation, cooperation and concerted action in trade, transport, sustainable tourism and natural disasters in the Greater Caribbean. Its Member States are Antigua&Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts&Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent&the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad&Tobago and Venezuela. Its Associate Members are Aruba, Curacao, France on behalf of (French Guiana, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Sint Maarten and The Netherlands on behalf of (Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius).

24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 14th October, 2015- The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) through its Directorate of Transport will convene the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee for Transport on 16th October 2015 at the ACS Secretariat in Port of Spain.

Through the delivery of the Directorate’s report, delivered by Mr. George Nicholson ACS Director of Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction, the meeting will present an update on activities completed over the past year, ongoing projects, new initiatives and collaborative efforts in which the Directorate is currently engaged. Director Nicolson will also present the Directorate Work Programme 2016-2017.

One of the highlights of the Meeting is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (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.

Progress made on the project “Maps of Maritime Routes of the Greater Caribbean,” will be presented by the Central American Commission on Transport (COCATRAM). The web-based map identifies shipping capacity through the region, including, among other things, ports of call, agents in each country, capacity of fleet, and availability of specialized services such as refrigerated containers. This map allows exporters, importers, vendors or buyers, both internationally and regionally to know when, how, through which operators and under what conditions they may transport their goods. This project is now in its 4th Phase and remains free for agencies of Member States to use, once registered.

Representatives from organizations such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present the results of the study ‘A Demand Model For Maritime Passenger Transportation in the Caribbean’; the University of the West Indies (UWI) will present on the topic ‘Status of hydrography in the Caribbean’; the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will present the results of the study ‘Making Air Transport Work Better for The Caribbean’.

The Meeting will welcome participants from ACS Member, Associate Member and Observer Countries. Representatives from international organizations and institutions such as the Board of the Suriname Ports Management Company, Civil Aviation Institute of Cuba, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Maritime Safety, Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) of Guyana, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), St. Vincent&The Grenadines Port.

About the ACS

The Association of Caribbean States is the organization for consultation, cooperation and concerted action in trade, transport, sustainable tourism and natural disasters in the Greater Caribbean. Its Member States are Antigua&Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts&Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent&the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad&Tobago and Venezuela. Its Associate Members are Aruba, Curacao, France on behalf of (French Guiana, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Sint Maarten and The Netherlands on behalf of (Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius).

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Garcia, Communications Officer, Association of Caribbean States, E-mail: communications@acs-aec.org , Tel: 1-868-622-9575, Fax: 1-868-622-1653

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