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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pacific leaders set standard for the Pacific maritime industry in Samoa conference

A series of regional maritime meetings, leading up to the first Regional Meeting of Ministers for Maritime Transport on Thursday is currently being hosted this week in Apia, Samoa.

The need for safer and better port facilities will be the focus of the ministerial meeting.

Urging Pacific Island countries to stay ahead of strict international standards in order to keep their ports open for trade and employment, Captain John Hogan, maritime programme coordinator for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) stressed on Monday that 'in some respects, the Pacific Islands are ahead of other regions in terms of compliance'.

Key recommendations from these meetings, and another involving the
Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA), will go to the
ministers on Thursday for their consideration.

Source: SPC

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