In 2019 the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at Funafuti, Tuvalu, agreed in their communique, to the convening of a Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting to “consider and discuss aviation-specific matters of importance to the region, in particular aviation safety and security, compliance with International Civil Aviation Organisation standards and opportunities for increased connectivity”.
The virtual Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 resulted in Pacific Island Forum States committing to the Port Moresby Declaration on Aviation Safety and Security to progress important Pacific regional aviation matters through a new enhanced collaboration framework.
The first Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting (RAMM1) was successfully hosted by the Government of Papua New Guinea and provided a strategic opportunity for Forum Island Member States to discuss the wide-ranging aviation needs of the region to ensure there is a safe, sustainable and enhanced aviation environment for the Pacific.
The RAMM1 focused on strengthening aviation safety and security compliance through enhancing current institutional arrangements and establishing a long-term shared vision for the region.
The next Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting (RAMM2) is being planned for June 2022 and will be hosted by the Government of the Cook Islands, following the success of the first Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting (RAMM1) in June.
The RAMM2 will consider the Pacific’s progress on the implementation of the Port Moresby Declaration on Aviation Safety and Security and the RAMM 1 Ministerial outcomes to advance important regional aviation matters to ensure there is safe, sustainable, and enhanced aviation system to benefit the Pacific.
Regional Aviation Ministers will consider amendments to the Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty (PICASST), the development of a ten-year regional pacific aviation strategy, and an enhanced Pacific aviation organisation at the RAMM2. The Ministers will also consider an Enhanced Regional Safety Oversight Organisation and COVID-19 impacts and recovery assessment for aviation in the Pacific.
PASO’s involvement in the RAMM process is to act as the Secretariat providing technical, administrative and logistical support to all Pacific Island States in implementing the RAMM Ministerial Outcomes and work closely with Aviation Officials to meet the expectations of the Ministers.
PASO is working cooperatively with Pacific aviation officials from all Pacific Island States, Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP agencies), the World Bank and the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility (PRIF), international aviation partners including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and key industry stakeholders to realise the RAMM2.