Ministers responsible for energy, information and communication technology (ICT) and transport in Pacific Island countries and territories gathered today in an inaugural joint meeting organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia.
In his opening address, SPC Director-General Dr Jimmie Rodgers said, ‘the past three and a half years, arguably more than any other period in the recent history of this region, has been [a time] of unprecedented challenges at global, regional and national levels. These challenges have demanded the attention of leaders at all levels and have required careful and strategic responses’.
Dr Rodgers said the inaugural joint ministerial meeting comes at an important time, with the region increasingly seeking approaches that augment national efforts through strategic partnerships and pooling of resources to deliver the best possible development outcomes.
He noted that this was particularly true in the transport, energy, ICT and infrastructure sectors, which are critical to economic development.
In setting the scene for the meeting, John Hogan, Director of SPC’s Economic Development Division (EDD), looked at the sectoral linkages between energy, ICT and transport.
Mr Hogan said, ‘the linkages between energy, ICT and transport are very pronounced and in this day and age, one can’t look at these things in isolation or silos.’
He added that the three sectors have numerous cross-cutting impacts and that SPC will endeavour to harmonise work across the sectors and gain maximum synergy.
In closing the plenary, Dr Rodgers quoted his concluding remarks in the SPC publication, Meeting House of the Pacific: The story of SPC 1947–2007: ‘Decisions and choices made by today’s Pacific leaders and decision-makers not only affect the livelihoods of people now, they also help determine the future of our region and the type of future we leave for following generations.’
Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 12:09