Developing sustainable and resilient maritime transport systems

Apia, 3 September 2014
Tokelau maritime transport got a specific mention today, in Samoa's presentation at a transport side event of SIDS. We featured through our partnership / connectivity being established with Samoa, reported our Transport Director Asofa Fereti who was in attendance.

"The Ocean Wealth for SIDS through Trade Specialization and Sustainable and Resilience Maritime Transportation" session was chaired by Mr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and Mr Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary-General of the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS).

Guest speakers from UNTAC, PIFS, Samoa, Mauritius and the Commonwealth Secretariat all highlighted the importance of the oceans and the need to develop sustainable and resilient maritime transport systems. Regional Cooperation was encouraged, and Regionalism shared by all as one of the ways for SIDS to achieve viable and sustainable maritime transportation - a topic very relevant to Tokelau.

Mr John Hogan, Director Economic Development Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) highlighted SPC’s effort of advocating for regional cooperation. Later in the day, a special presentation explained the SPC plan put in place, in relation to the establishment of the Eastern Pacific Shipping Commission (EPSC).

Tokelau is listed as one of the island nations and territories that can be a rightful member of this Commission.
Tokelau’s main connection with the outside world: PV Matua about to leave Apia Harbour.