5th Ministers' Forum on Infrastructure Development in the Asia-Pacific Region
In an effort to strategise and further strengthen cooperation in infrastructure development, Japan initiated a high level ministerial meeting attended by Ministers in charge of infrastructure in the Asia Pacific Region from October 26 to 28, 1995. Member countries include Australia, Brunei Darulssalam, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan , Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, United States of America, Thailand and Vietnam.
Since then, this high-level ministerial meeting has been held biennially. The second meeting was held in Chile in 1997 followed by Hong Kong in 1999 and Indonesia in 2002.
The infrastructure development cooperation to be directed towards improving the standard of living of the people, drive economic growth and to create prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Region.
In consideration of the geographic differences and levels of development in each country, cooperation to be directed to balance the level of infrastructure development by way of using the appropriate expertise and technology.
Cooperation to be based on the principles of mutual assistance through exchange of information, experts and increasing collaboration between government and private sectors.
The objectives of the 5th Ministers' Forum on Infrastructure Development in the Asia-Pacific Region is to reach a consensus on environmental issues, concrete and practical solutions on infrastructure development as well as materialisation of the bilateral or multilateral cooperation on a realistic scale.
The scope of cooperation will, among others include the following infrastructures: roads, railways, seaport, airport, irrigation systems, water supplies, sanitation, electricity, telecommunication, housing and cross-border projects.
DATES AND VENUES
The 5th Ministers' Forum on Infrastructure Development in the Asia-Pacific Region will be held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Putrajaya. Preceding the Forum, an Experts' Meeting was held in Langkawi from 29th to 30th November 2004. The meeting prepares and recommends the material s for discussion in the Senior Officials' Meeting on 24th January 2005 prior to tabling at the Ministers' Forum on 25th January 2005.