2nd Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting

Pacific Aviation Ministers are meeting virtually at the Regional Aviation Ministers Meeting (RAMM2) on Wednesday 22 June 2022 (Rarotonga, Cook Islands time) to ensure there is safe, secure, sustainable, and robust aviation system to benefit the Pacific. 

At RAMM2, Ministers will consider progress on implementing key regional aviation priorities, including revising the Pacific’s regional aviation treaty, the impacts of COVID-19 on the recovery and re-start of aviation, and the development of a regional aviation strategy.  

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Who is hosting RAMM2?

RAMM2 will be virtually hosted by the Government of the Cook Islands and supported by the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO), as the RAMM Secretariat. 

 The meeting will be chaired by the Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport, the Hon. Robert Tapaitau.   

Who is attending RAMM2?

RAMM2 is an event committed to inclusion and regional process. Pacific Ministers responsible for aviation matters from 18 Pacific Islands States have been invited to attend the RAMM2.

This includes Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. 

Additionally, the following organisations have been invited to attend the RAMM2: 

  • Heads of Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP agencies): Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Islands Development Program, Pacific Power Association (PPA), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO), and University of the South Pacific (USP) 
  • Development partners: Asian Development Bank, Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, and the World Bank 
  • Industry stakeholders and dialogue partners: Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA), European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Singapore and the United States 
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Who is presenting a keynote address at RAMM2:

The Pacific Ministerial meeting is planned to start with a keynote address by the Secretary General from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr. Juan Carlos Salazar. 

What is PASO’s role in the RAMM?

PASO is the sole international organisation providing quality aviation safety and security service for Member States in the Pacific.

PASO is responsible for regional regulatory aviation safety oversight service for the 10 Pacific States who are signatories to the Pacific Islands Civil Aviation Safety and Security Treaty (PICASST).

The current PICASST signatories are the Pacific nations of Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Associate Members of PASO are Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. Government representatives from these nations make up the PASO Council.

The logistics and administration of the RAMM2 is delivered by the Pacific Aviation Safety Office, as the RAMM Secretariat.

Over the past 12 months PASO has been working with cooperatively with senior Pacific aviation officials from Pacific Island States, Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP agencies), development partners, and industry stakeholders and dialogue partners to action the items in the 2021 RAMM Ministerial Statement.

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Last Updated on June 22, 2022