In his address he said that the agenda on ‘regional connectivity through inclusive, resilient and sustainable and innovation in the Digital age' was highly relevant.
"Capable transportation networks determine the quality of life for millions of people in the APEC region. Particularly in regional areas, efficient land, sea and air transportation infrastructure is fundamental to economic growth and community development.
"However, we are faced with a different range of challenges and all of us in this room have a responsibility to be proactive. All of our economies have different challenges, but for all of us ‘complacency is not an option'."
Tkatchenko said that the modern digital age, countries could not respond to these challenges alone, and that the challenges faced in the transportation sector were not just domestic, they were regional and global, and required multilateral action.
"For our region, this is all about exploring innovative opportunities through modern technology platforms - while ensuring that we are still resilient and being inclusive with no-one left behind.
"We must embrace new and innovative products and services and we need to implement projects that will promote sustainable development while promoting inclusiveness in regional supply chains.
"As an APEC region, the convergence of infrastructure and services will enhance mobility and improve supply chain connectivity," Tkatchenko said.