JARDINE Transport Services hosted a meeting of the port planning and construction committee of the International Association of Ports and Harbours in Hong Kong this week. Among the topics discussed were quality assurance, coastal erosion, maintenance of port facilities and port capacity calculations. A formal presentation on quality assurance will be made at the association's biannual meeting, to be held in Seattle in June. The Committee, chaired by Philip Ng of the Port of Singapore Authority, includes members from Hong Kong, the United States, Holland, Germany, Japan and Malaysia. The committee members were welcomed by Secretary for Economic Services Gordon Siu, who said the choice of Hong Kong as a venue was appropriate given the scope of port development facing the territory. The association was founded about 40 years ago and has 350 members, most of which are port authorities or related entities. It has been granted consultative status as a non-governmental organisation by the following United Nations agencies: United Nations Economic and Social Council. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. United National Environmental Programme. International Maritime Organisation. The association's policy, scope and direction is formulated at committee level before being passed over to its executive committee for approval.