The 14th Meeting of the APSN Council took place virtually on November 22, 2022. Council Members, Advisory Board Members and Corporate Members from Canada; China; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; the Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand, the United States and Viet Nam, as well as the APSN Senior Consultant Team and the Secretariat were in attendance.
Mr. Marc-Yves Bertin, President of the APSN Council, chaired the meeting and welcomed all participants to the Council Meeting. At the meeting, the Council re-elected Mr. Marc-Yves Bertin, as the President of the APSN Council for another term. Mr. Bertin thanked the Council for its trust and expressed commitment to serve the Council in the coming years.
The meeting considered and adopted the 2022 Work Report by the Secretary-General. The Council noted with appreciation that the Secretariat continued to engage with all Council Members to work towards a vigilant response to the pressures of COVID-19 on the supply chain throughout 2022. The Council recognized that despite that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on the port and related sectors, the Secretariat worked jointly with the PPA to successfully host the APSN Forum on Safe and Inclusive Pandemic Recovery of APEC Port Industry this October, which enhanced the capacity building of the APEC ports and port-related industries and provided a timely and important platform for communication and collaboration among different stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region.
At the meeting, the Council also considered and adopted the APSN Action Plan for 2023, the APSN Budget for 2023 as well as the Progress Report on the APEC Port Study Center and the APSN Green Port Award System (GPAS). The Council decided that the APSN events 2023 will be held in Thailand. The Council welcomed the economy reports on port developments during the COVID-19 pandemic by Canada, Japan and Viet Nam. The Council also discussed the outcome of the 11th Advisory Board Meeting reported by the AB Chair and update report on MEG Activities by the Chair of MEG, APEC TPTWG.
The President thanked all participants for attending the Council Meeting. The Council expressed its gratitude to the President and the Secretariat for their hard work in ensuring another successful Council Meeting.