Expert Workshop

The 14th (Regional Workshop on Submarine Cables of the NE Asia)

7 May 2009

◦ Welcome and Open Remarks

ㆍWelcome Remarks : Chairman Dr. Z. Gao, CIMA, China State Ocean Administration
ㆍOpen Remarks : Chairman Prof. Nordquist, COLP, Virginia School of Law

◦ Roundtable Presentations on Factual Context

ㆍChairman Facilitator : Dr. Z. Gao, CIMA, China State Ocean Administration

1. Background on Submarine Cables in Region (2005-2009)- representative of  International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC)
2. Industrial Perspectives on the Issues and Opportunities in Sustainable Development and Management of Submarine Cables in Region- representative of China cable industry
3. Causes of Cable Faults and Repairs in Regional Seas-representative of ICPC
4. Industry Practices in Regional Seas-representatives from companies operating in regional seas
5. Experience and Lessons Learned in China

◦ Question and Comment Period: all invitees

◦ Break for Lunch

◦ Roundtable Presentations on Policy and Legal Issues

ㆍChairman Facilitator: Prof. Nordquist, COLP, Virginia School of Law

1. UNCLOS Law Governing Submarine Cables
2. Chinese Laws and Policy on Submarine Cable Management and their Implementation
3. Japan’s Law and Policy on Submarine Cables
4. Korean Perspectives on Submarine Cables
5. International and Domestic Law and Policy Regional Interaction

◦ Question and Comment Period: all invitees
8 May2009

◦ Roundtable Discussion Open to All Invitees: Existing Problems and Ideas for Improvement

ㆍCo-chairs and Facilitators: Dr. Gao and Prof. Nordquist

1. How can the protection and repair process be more efficient?
2. What requirements are faced by officials in China, Japan or Korea with respect to permits, fees, guard boats and the like outside of territorial seas?
3. How should cable repairs, marine route surveys and cable laying be conducted in disputed maritime boundary areas?
4. How can transparency of repairing international cables be improved with the coastal States concerned?
5. How can domestic cable laws and regulations be made more compatible with  international law?
6. How can governments and industry work together to ruduce cable faults from  fishing, anchors, natural disasters, pirates and terrorists?
7. What ideas are offered to improve communications between governments in the East China Sea region and cable industries which operate there?

◦ Workshop Conclusion

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