SPC To Hold Pacific Transportation Leaders Meeting In 2014

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Suva, Fiji

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Safe, reliable and sustainable transport depends to a large extent on collaboration between Pacific Island governments, regional organisations and the private sector - and on their level of commitment.

Early next year, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's (SPC) Transport Programme will be hosting a three-day meeting for Pacific heads of transport at its Suva office (4-6 March 2014).

The main aim of the meeting is to re-establish networking at the highest level of transport (both maritime and aviation) amongst Pacific Island states and SPC. It is envisaged that the meeting will assist in reinforcing the important link between line ministers responsible for transport in SPC member states.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for national transport authorities from the Pacific Islands region to discuss and enhance understanding of regional transport issues and challenges, promote co-operative approaches to the achievement of a safer, more secure and more efficient transport sector, and share best practices, resulting in a positive impact on commerce, recreation, tourism and economic development.

Chief among discussions will be the advancement of the Framework for Action on Transport Services - endorsed in the PICT's transport ministers' meeting in April 2011 - and the associated Transport Sector Implementation Plan (TSIP).

It is expected that the implementation plan will be revised and endorsed at this meeting, before being tabled at the regional transport officials meeting planned for 31 March, 2014, which will be followed by the regional transport ministers meeting scheduled for 2-3 April 2014.

SPC is the only regional agency dealing with maritime matters in the Pacific and is the implementing body for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Technical Cooperation Division in the Pacific region. It plays a major role in ensuring that PICTs comply with international and maritime instruments and that there are mechanisms in place to align national frameworks with these requirements.

While SPC's work in aviation is largely focused on research, it continues to strengthen partnerships with the region's civil aviation authorities and associations. SPC works closely with Pacific Aviation Safety Office and the Association of South Pacific Airlines in steering the regional aviation agenda.

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