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REPORT ON THE MASS PASSENGER SURFACE TRANSPORT SECURITY CONFERENCE

10-11 APRIL 2008, Manila, Philippines

Submitted by: Australia and the Philippines

DAY 1 (10 April 2008)

The Honorable Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) – Philippines, opened the Mass Passenger Surface Transport Security Conference by welcoming and thanking the delegates of APEC member economies and guests for attending the meeting.  He stressed in his opening remarks the significance of the conference in protecting and securing the life, limb and property of the travelling public.  Following the Secretary’s opening remarks, an overview of the first session regarding “Optimising human factors and technology in mass passenger surface transport security” was provided by the day one facilitator, Mr. Jack Noye, Executive Director, Queensland Transport – Australia.  

Mr. Tony Beard, Special Adviser, Transport Security Risk and Prevention, Office of Transport Security – Australia, commenced the day one session by providing an overview of “Land Transport Security Risk Context and Challenges”.  The presentation identified Al Qa’ida as the main transnational/global threat to all economies, places of mass gathering as an area of focus for terrorists; and transport systems as attractive targets. Mr Beard noted that there is a continued interest in the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in perpetuating acts of terrorism and in causing catastrophic harm and that we cannot rely on warnings of an attack.  Against

30th APEC Transportation Working Group Meeting  

Philippines

14-18 April 2008

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