|More than 40 per cent of world fleet is owned by ESCAP member countries and over 65 per cent of the world's seafarers are supplied by countries in the ESCAP region. ESCAP is currently working to move beyond these achievements to further harness the maritime strengths and complementarities of individual member countries for their mutual benefit. Recognizing the need to strengthen regional collaboration in the maritime sector, ESCAP, with assistance by the Government of Japan, organized a Forum on Regional Cooperation for Maritime Manpower Planning, Training and Utilization. The objectives of the forum were to bring together key industry players to share experiences and views, to review existing collaboration arrangements, and to consider networking possibilities. This publication provides a summary of its proceedings, resulting recommendations and evaluation. The report includes country papers on Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. Technical papers discussing such themes as ESCAP activities and the Maritime Manpower project, the role of the government in the project, technological and structural developments in shipping, maritime education and training, ILO instruments, demand and supply of seafarers, and compliance with STCW and supply side implications, are also provided. The publication is a report of the proceedings of the Forum on Regional Cooperation for Maritime Manpower Planning, Training and Utilization held at Bangkok from 13 to 15 December 1999.