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Region’s Maritime Centre Of Excellence Based In Fiji

Region’s Maritime Centre Of Excellence Based In Fiji
European Union Ambassador Julian Wilson (left) and Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu during launching Maritime Technology Cooperation Center (MTCC) on December 13, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
December 20
16:04 2017

The recent launching of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) in the Pacific (MTCC-Pacific is a boost for the Pacific region.

The MTCC Centre of Excellence was launched in Suva last week. The Pacific centre is part of a global network, joining centres in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America to develop and promote low-carbon maritime transport systems in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The MTCC-Pacific is hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Its vision is to promote a Pacific low-carbon maritime transport that supports the sustainable development goals of Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs).  It forms part of the Global MTCCs Network (GMN) to work together with MTCCs in Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Latin America to achieve common objectives of climate mitigation in the maritime industry.

GMN is a project implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the European Union.

Speaking at the official launch ceremony, Fiji’s Minister for Forests and Acting Minister for Fisheries, OseaNaiqamu highlighted the importance of the centre both to Fiji and to the wider Pacific community.

“Fiji is privileged to host the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre in the Pacific (MTCC-Pacific) on behalf of the Pacific; as thiscentre of excellence will provide invaluable support to PICTs towards progressing their respective priorities and commitments towards achieving sustainable transport and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,”Mr Naiqamu said.

The European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific His Excellency Julian Wilson said: “The EU is proud of the partnership with IMO in supporting the establishment of the MTCC-Pacific in Fiji. This institution has an important role to play on climate mitigation in the maritime shipping sector, thus helping the global community reach the Paris Agreement goals.”

“The EU strongly hopes that this project will help the Pacific countries to accelerate the uptake of technical and operational possibilities to improve the energy efficiency of shipping and promote clean energy shipping.

“This will have an immediate impact on global GHG emissions.’’ added Ambassador Wilson.

SPC’s Deputy Director General, Dr Audrey Aumua, emphasised the historic nature of the MTCC launch and highlighted the importance of ensuring that the Pacific is well represented in the global network, given the central role that the maritime industry plays in the region.

Dr Aumua also stressed how this new ‘maritime centre of excellence’ will support the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP).

“MTCC-Pacific compliments our regional efforts towards the FRDP and will provide us with an effective platform to accelerate progress towards the objectives of our regional climate change mitigation strategy,” Dr Aumua said.

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