Transport officials support SPC’s efforts towards developing a regional Framework for Action on Transport Services PDF Print E-mail

 

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Saturday 27 November 2010, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) – Pacific transport officials have expressed full support for a high level policy document that is expected to enhance developments in transport infrastructure and services in the Pacific.

 

A draft Framework for Action on Transport Services was tabled for discussion at a special meeting of transport officials held in Suva, Fiji Islands from 23–24 November. 

 

SPC’s Economic Development Division (EDD), the organiser of this meeting, is leading the development of this framework.

 

In welcoming delegates to the meeting, SPC Deputy Director-General Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu said active participation of members was necessary to ensure that the framework addressed the key challenges in developing vital transport services in the Pacific.

 

‘We cannot over-emphasise the importance of the transport sector as a key economic driver for our region, underpinning trade in goods and services, food security as well as in the provision of much needed employment,’ she said.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 November 2010 11:59
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Strengthening maritime policy formulation and legislative drafting PDF Print E-mail

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Wednesday 10 November 2010, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) — Development and implementation of maritime law in the Pacific is critical to ensuring that Pacific countries continue to have access to safe shipping, employment and uninterrupted international sea trade. This is not a simple task, given the resource and expertise constraints that continue to affect developments in this area.

 

To assist member countries, SPC’s Economic Development Division (EDD) organised a workshop on maritime policy and legislative drafting from 1–4 November 2010 in Suva, Fiji, using the expertise of the Pacific International Maritime Law Association (PIMLA).

 

The workshop was attended by 16 maritime lawyers from the region, including the solicitor generals of Cook Islands and Kiribati, all of whom are members of PIMLA.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 12:41
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Maritime: successes and areas of improvement PDF Print E-mail

Some of the recent successes in the maritime sector include:

  • PICTs have already commenced the second round of maritime compliance auditing which involves in-depth examination confined to the identified common problematic areas of implementation relating to STCW and ISPS. The cycle of audits is necessary for maintenance of a rigid monitoring and compliance regime.
  • Small Island States (SIS) Shipping: Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru and Fiji continue to be serviced by a sub-regional shipping service, which is improving trade with and by these countries through more frequent, regular and cheaper shipping services;
  • Establishment of the Central Pacific Shipping Commission (CPSC) in a bid to improve and provide affordable and efficient shipping services to Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu and RMI. The CPSC is a significant step for these countries particularly when they are unable to individually meet the economic threshold of private shipping companies to profitably provide regular shipping services;
  • Commencement of pilot projects in Tonga and Kiribati to address domestic ship safety issues through consultations, training and compliance audits.
  • Working with Maritime New Zealand, United States Coast Guard, and Australian Maritime Safety Authority on regional search and rescue agreement highlighting mass rescue scenarios for cruise liners; and
  • Capacity building: continued training, mentoring, and awareness forums for maritime personnel in areas of port security, port state control, marine accident investigation, security drills and exercises, TARDIS, supply chain security auditing, ship management, legal, search and rescue, and safety of domestic ferries.
 
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