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Tonga will host the third Pacific Regional Ministerial Meeting for Energy and Transport

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 11/04/2017

Over 100 high-level delegates and experts will assemble in Nuku’alofa for the Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting to discuss the latest international and regional developments in energy and transport sectors affecting the region.

The Ministerial Ministers’ Meeting is scheduled for the last week of this month from the 24th to 28th.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy and Transport Services for All”, which supports the vision of Pacific energy and transport ministers of their sectors being key pillars to enable sustainable development and eradicate poverty.

The high-level meeting will cover energy and transport challenges and priorities included in the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific, the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific and the regional Framework for Action on Transport Services.

Deputy Prime Minister- Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni said, the meeting is timely and it will look at adopting regional positions, which   can task our regional agencies and partners to assist us on and which we can go out to global forums and negotiations and promote with an united voice.

Transport officials will have the opportunity to explore ways to improve the governance of the maritime sector; the energy efficiency and safety of shipping and ports, prevent marine pollution, facilitate access and contribution of women to the maritime sector; and improve coordination and contribution of Pacific Islands Countries to international negotiations.

As part of the week’s events, SPC together with its members and partners will celebrate its 70th Anniversary in Tonga.

The inauguration of the Nuku’alofa-based Pacific Centre of Excellence on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) will also take place.

The Centre is part of a global network of regional centers and will work alongside Pacific Island countries and territories to accelerate their progress towards their respective national renewable energy and energy efficiency targets.

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