How did the RAMM eventuate?
In 2018, the Pacific Aviation Safety Office’s (PASO) Council of Directors endorsed PASO to work with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) to establish a regional meeting of Aviation Ministers to identify collaborative and unified approaches that could benefit the region.
At the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting in Tuvalu in August 2019, Leaders endorsed the convening of a RAMM and scheduled it for March 2020 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
In December 2019, the PASO Council started work to review initial RAMM papers and committed to the inclusion of all Pacific Island Forum Members at the RAMM (as this is broader than current PASO membership). At subsequent PASO Council meetings, the Council has continued to work to progressing the RAMM.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the September 2020 PASO Council Meeting recommended holding a virtual Regional Aviation Ministers’ Meeting (RAMM) in early 2021.
To progress RAMM arrangements, senior Pacific aviation officials have been meeting virtually in 2021 with the support of invited CROP agencies (PIFS, PASO, and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), ICAO, and key industry stakeholders.
In March 2021, the 3rd Special Aviation Officials Meeting rescheduled the RAMM from April to June 2021, primarily due to the escalating COVID-19 situation in Papua New Guinea.