The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the link between maritime and port connectivity and sustainable growth and fast-tracked the policy case for higher resilience in global supply chains through improved shipping services. It also revealed the connectivity challenges but also the potential for further improvement, especially for the Small Island Developing States, where the maritime transport provides a lifeline for the local economy and social development. In recognition of this, the new Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Development (2022-2026), adopted by the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Transport (Bangkok and online, 13-17 December 2021) positioned maritime and interregional transport connectivity as one of its seven priority areas and set out a series of actions and indicators of achievements, supporting inter alia a shift to sustainable and resilient port development and addressing the connectivity challenges faced by Small Island Developing States in the Pacific.
In this context and as part of its work on facilitating sustainable and resilient port development to support sustainable maritime connectivity in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP - in cooperation with SPC and SPREP and with the support of IMO and UNCTAD - is organizing a regional workshop on Sustainable and Resilient port development to support Sustainable Maritime Connectivity in the Pacific. The meeting will be held in Suva, Fiji and online on 6-7 December. The event will bring together experts from the Pacific and relevant organizations to engage on a wider array of issues relevant for strengthening and enhancing maritime connectivity in the Pacific.
The updated workshop programme and meeting link will be distributed to registered participants in due time.
For further questions and information, please contact Mr. Sooyeob Kim, Transport Division, ESCAP at [email protected].