Pacific Maritime Security Conference
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
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Fred Amoa presenting at the Pacific Maritime Conference in May 2008






The Pacific Maritime Security Conference held in Nadi, Fiji, from 12th to14th May 2008, has been hailed as a beacon of success and the standard for future maritime security meetings in the Pacific Islands region.

The wide ranging nature of matters presented and discussed at the Conference is evident of the multi-faceted nature of the maritime industry and the security concerns over these issues.

The border management and maritime security discussions proved valuable to law enforcement officials and those front-line and policy staff who are dealing with Immigration, Customs and Biosecurity matters. The experience and knowledge shared would be invaluable in dealing with security matters that have confronted the region in recent times.

The international, regional and national legal regimes were also debated and though much has been implemented, the consensus is that there is still more to be done and national legal regimes should be the focus of these activities. The legal presentation highlighted international security instruments such as the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) Convention and Protocols, however, it noted that some of the Pacific Islands countries and territories (PICTs) have not implemented these into their national legislations. The shortage of human resources and the slow nature of the Parliamentary schedule have been identified as the main obstacles to promulgating appropriate legislations at the national level.


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