The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) is the only permanent Inter-American governmental forum that with the active participation of the private sector, promotes hemispheric development and cooperation at the highest government level in the port sector.
In this context, the CIP is a unique forum where Associate Members have direct access to the highest national port authorities of OAS member countries to discuss issues of public policy, cooperation, capacity-building, or co-organize events. Associate Members may discuss and seek forms of cooperation for port development with public institutions, private companies, and international organizations, making them part of a hemispheric reliable and relevant community of practice.
The CIP has six priorities, each with a Technical Advisory Group (TAGs) chaired by a specific Member:
- Logistics, Innovation and Competitiveness – Panama
- Sustainable Port Management and Environmental Protection – Mexico
- Port Protection and Safety – United States
- Public Policy, Legislation and Regulation – Uruguay
- Tourism, Inland Ports and Waterways, Ship Services and Navigation Safety – Argentina
- Corporate Social Responsibility, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women – Peru
Private firms or institutions related to port sector activity can participate fully as Associate Members in one or more TAGs, with voice but no vote, proposing technical documents, projects and other activities while receiving first-hand regional information. Associate Members may also, with the permission of the participants, hold the chairmanship of their respective TAG.
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