Pacific Resource Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)

Established in 2008 to provide technical assistance, research and knowledge products on key infrastructure issues to Pacific island countries

and as a coordination facility for the principal development partners in the region.

Oceanic Voyages: Aviation and Shipping in the Pacific

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This report was prepared as part of the output of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) regional technical assistance project (TA 6166-REG): Pacific Regional Transport Analysis.

The goal of the project is to enhance economic development in Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) of ADB by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Pacific transport services. In order to achieve this, the report is expected to contribute to the reform of public sector operations and policies in the transport sector, and to increased private sector participation in transport service provision. Such reform and participation will reduce the costs of trade and commerce and consumer goods, increase employment, and reduce poverty.

The report is published in three volumes. Volume 1 is the Oceanic Voyages: Executive Summary, which presents a summary of the findings and recommendations included in Volumes 2 and 3. Volume 2 presents Oceanic Voyages: Aviation in the Pacific Region, the full report of the results of detailed study and analysis of the Pacific aviation sector, including case studies of selected Pacific DMCs of ADB. Volume 3 presents Oceanic Voyages: Shipping in the Pacific Region, the full report of the results of detailed study and analysis of the Pacific shipping sector, including case studies of selected Pacific DMCs of ADB.

Each sector volume examines international and regional trends, and regional characteristics and components, influencing sector development. Strategy and policy options available to Pacific island governments to facilitate change are assessed. Specific recommendations are provided for appropriate policies and strategies for improvement of sector efficiency and effectiveness.