Central Pacific Shipping Commission (CPSC)
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

Benefits of this partnership to SIDS:-Provide access to international markets to promote national trade and commerce-Provide adequate and reliable frequency to guarantee sufficient supply and inventory-Provide favourable route structures to serve all member states' ports-Provide affordable service rates in line with the local economies-Limit competition based on the volume of cargo available

Implementation methodologies

SPC in partnership with the member country governments, agencies and CPSC members will support:-Consultation on matters affecting international shipping services to the Central Pacific SIS comprising Kiribati, Marshall Is, Nauru & Tuvalu- Cooperation in advancing an attractive shipping environment to service providers- A united front for the negotiation of favourable shipping services- Joint regulation and enforcement of shipping policies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

-With the ongoing changes of the respective Ministers and Secretaries of Transport who comprise the CPSC Technical Committee and the full Commission respectively, the CPSC background and the provisions in the CPSC Agreement are explained and discussed. This will ensure a good understanding when dealing with Commission issues.-During technical assistance in-country, similar awareness training involving members of the Shipping Councils and partners come together to share learning and experiences. -A quarterly magazine Pacific Maritime Watch is published to disseminate information and developments.-A website and information portal is planned to provide information and resources to all members and interested stakeholders. It will include a member's forum and blogs.-Once the Commission becomes financially sustainable a small effective secretariat staff will be trained to take over the function from SPC. There will be a capacity building component; emphasis will be placed on sharing skills and learning.-A contact list of all stakeholders serves for easy exchange of information.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Transport Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) housed within the Economic Development Division (EDD) has been mandated as the secretariat of the CPSC will be responsible for the supporting the dialogue, logistics, financial management and technical advice on for the CSPC functioning and progress. SPC also works to collect and analyse shipping data.


Public Sector (Ministry of Transport, Maritime Administration, Port Authority, Customs and Immigration) and Private Sector (Chamber of Commerce, Consumer groups, Shipping Agent Representatives
Increased frequency and regularity of ship visits
Increase cargo (TEU)
Decrease in freight rates
Resources devoted to implementation
Other, please specify
Seed funding provided by AusAID
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical Advice and secretarial role provided by SPC
In-kind contribution
USD$5000 per member country, USD10,000 per shipping company – these are annual fees.
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Kiribati, Marshall Is, Nauru & Tuvalu
Date of completion: on going
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
John Hogan, johnn@spc.int

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