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SUVA, Fiji Islands (September 29, 1999 – Fiji Broadcasting Corporation/Abridged)---Discussions are under way to construct a hub port in Fiji.

In a paper submitted to a regional Ports Association meeting in Tonga recently, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP, stressed the importance of having a hub port in the region.

The paper was presented by Fiji Ports member Kolinio Meo.

The proposal by ESCAP stresses the importance of hub ports, saying they are of tremendous benefit to trade and revenue for any Government in the Pacific region.

ESCAP says the long distance between countries may not affect tourism in the region. However, it has overwhelming effects on trade.

Ports claims Fiji has adequate facilities, resources and infrastructure to develop a hub port.

Hub ports attract huge cargo vessels from around the globe and help promote products manufactured in the region overseas. The vessels using hub ports carry 400-600 containers.

If Fiji is able to accommodate a hub port, the other Pacific Island countries will transship their cargoes from here instead of from Australia or New Zealand, and this will mean increased revenue for the country.

The Ports Association meeting will be held next year in New Zealand.

For additional reports from The Fiji Broadcasting Commission, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources/Fiji Live.

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