Ports Australia are welcoming ports from across the Pacific region as the newest external associate members.
The signing of Fiji Ports Corporation Limited, Samoa Ports Authority, Cook Islands Ports Authority, Lyttleton Port Company Ltd, and the Port of Napier comes as a massive step forward in connecting the ports and maritime sector across our region. As we continue building bridges between ports and various service providers on home soil, we look forward to bringing our overseas partners and their unique industry knowledge to the table.
The new partnerships will unlock a line of communication between our ports, local and international, that will enhance trade and strengthen our voice in the development of global regulation which will drive the future of the industry.
Ports Australia’s relationship with these organisations will hold a strong focus on sustainability, which is desperately needed for our region’s industry, local communities, and natural environment.
We were in Samoa earlier this year for the 44th Pacific Maritime Transport Alliance conference, where Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi raised issues such as building ports to service the community into the future, and encouraging dialogue with that community on developments that will affect them. We’re confident that their membership will make those goals more achievable.
Ports Australia’s Chief Executive, Mike Gallacher, is excited to have the organisations on board and bringing unique perspectives to the table.
“With so much happening in terms of growth and international relations across the Pacific at the moment, this move will provide solidarity for our region’s trade and maritime sector,” Mike said.
“All ports are unique in the commodities they trade and the challenges that confront them. Sharing knowledge and experience is crucial as our region rapidly grows, both in freight and population.
“Each of our member ports benefit from the sharing of information which enhances skill sets and adds to our overall impact in the industry, and the inclusion of these organisations will inject fresh, unique knowledge to that information pool.
“I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members,and share my confidence in their future contributions to improving the future of the ports sector,” Mike concluded.
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Ports Australia is the peak industry body representing port authorities and corporations, both publicly and privately owned, at the national level.