The workshop was conducted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Samoa and the National Maritime Boundaries Committee.
The workshop was also aimed at providing awareness and capacity building for members of the maritime boundaries committee and relevant stakeholders on the work of the region on maritime boundaries.
The workshop was opened with introductory remarks by, Peseta Noumea Simi, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Co-Chair of the National Maritime Boundaries Committee, and Sara Moriarty, the Australian High Commissioner to Samoa.
It was also an opportunity to provide an update on Samoa’s effort on maritime boundaries delimitation and it also served as a platform for discussions on the legal, technical, and other dimensions of the maritime boundaries work.
The aim of the workshop is aligned with the Leaders’ statement from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ meeting in September 2018 whereby they acknowledged “the urgency and importance of securing the region’s maritime boundaries as a key issue for the development and security of our region, and thereby for the security and well-being of the Blue Pacific Continent.”