PM attends transport meeting

Thursday April 27, 2017 Written by Published in Politics

Prime Minister Henry Puna is part of the Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting which is underway in Tonga.


The five-day meeting which was officially opened on Tuesday will end later today (CI time) in Nukualofa.

The meeting attended by over 100 high-level delegates and experts is centered on the theme “Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy and Transport Services for All”.

The Office of the Prime Minister yesterday confirmed Puna would not make any official statement at the meeting but would actively participate in the discussions.

The high-level meeting, hosted by the Tongan and the Pacific Community (SPC), started with a two-day officials meeting where the participants discussed energy and transport challenges and priorities for the region.

In a statement, SPC said the two-day deliberations had concluded with a set of resolutions put forward for their Pacific ministers to consider and adopt.

These resolutions include comments on the Green and Blue Economy, the challenges of accessing multilateral environment funding to support in addressing the region’s energy and transport challenges, among other things.

In his opening address, Pacific Community director-general Dr Colin Tukuitonga highlighted SPC’s contribution to Pacific Island energy and transport sectors, including the adoption uniform standards and governance tools for maritime safety and energy security.

He said SPC’s other important contribution was supporting private sector and governments to improve safety at sea and access to electricity.

Tukuitonga said they also trained hundreds of professionals each year from governments, administrations and private sector in fields related to energy and transport.

He told delegates SPC would remain fully engaged in both sectors, and is actively reforming its structure towards a more integrated approach in its “areas of excellence”.

            - Rashneel Kumar/SPC

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