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Shipping, Ports Role Significant In Maritime Trade’

Shipping, Ports Role Significant In Maritime Trade’
October 04
11:00 2017

Shipping and ports can play a significant role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade.

This was revealed by Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Kitack Lim in his annual World Maritime Day message.

Fiji is schedule to commemorate this event on October 13 under the theme: Connecting Ships, Ports and People.

“As a UN agency, IMO has a strong commitment to helping achieve the aims of the sustainable development goals. Shipping and ports can play a significant role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade. The port and maritime sectors can be wealth creators, both on land and at sea,” said Mr Lim.

“Our theme for this year will enable us to shine a spotlight on the existing co-operation between ports and ships to maintain and enhance a safe, secure and efficient maritime transportation system.”

WMD celebrations committee Fiji chairperson, Phill Hill said that it is important to build relationships with locally registered vessels that provide services to people and also the transportation of goods.

The opening speech will be delivered by the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Masahiro Omura.

This year’s theme connecting ships, ports and people aims to provide the opportunity to focus on the many diverse actors involved in the shipping and logistics areas locally.

“The sort of relationships which are formed with local operators who provide services to the two main islands Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and the maritime sectors are the connections that develop between people, ports and delivering of goods,” he said.

Mr Hill also highlighted that the connection of international port calls to our shores encourages the increase in the exporting of goods from Fiji.

“With our International port of call, better relationship develops through the operations carried out at the Suva and Lautoka port, the different people employed and the services carried out when we have international visitors in Fiji.”

Schools expected attend the celebrations are Suva Grammar School, Marist Brothers High School, Sacred Heart College and St Joseph Secondary School.

Activities organised by the committee according to Mr Hill hopes to engage youths on the awareness of the theme and the contribution it has on the maritime industry and economy.

“There will be activities such as drawing competitions for the theme this year to gauge youths on the prominence of the maritime industry and the celebrations will begin with a march from My Suva Park.”

Mr Hill urged members of the public who were interested, to join in during the celebrations and be more informed on the relationships built from their involvement with the maritime industry in Fiji.

 

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