Jamaica secures coveted seat on IMO council
has been elected by the Assembly of the International Maritime Organisation
(IMO) to its council for the 2008-2009 biennium, in Category C.
C represents states which are deemed to have special interest in maritime
transport or navigation, and whose election to the council will ensure
representation of all major geographic regions of the world.
has been a respected member of the IMO since 1976 and currently chairs
the Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) subcommittee. Jamaica's
election to the council comes after months of preparation and excellent
work by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and the Ministries of Foreign
Affairs and Foreign Trade; and Transport and Works.
is the specialist agency of the United Nations, charged with developing
and promoting common international standards of maritime safety, security
and marine environment protection. The IMO has its headquarters in the
is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the assembly,
for supervising the work of the organisation and ensuring that its strategic
goals are met.
Jamaica's election to the prestigious council took place on November
23 at the 25th session of the IMO assembly which was held at the Royal
Lancaster Hotel, London, from November 19-30.
of Jamaica's delegation to the 25th session of the assembly, L. Michael
Henry, Minister of Transport and Works, applauded Jamaica's election
to the council and noted that this could only redound to the benefit
of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
Minister went on to mention that Jamaica's successful bid for a seat
on the council "means new and fresh demand on us as we take on
a wider area of responsibility as it relates to the whole area of the
Caribbean and the importance of protection of the environment."
credit to Jamaica's team at the meeting, which included Rear Admiral
Peter Brady, director general of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ),
and Dr. Alwyn Hayles, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport
Brady, head of maritime administration in Jamaica, was elated that the
island nation had secured a seat on the IMO council. He was particularly
pleased that Minister Henry was at the meeting. The MAJ director general
felt that the minister's presence sent a strong signal that the Government
was serious about maritime development.
that Jamaica's election to the council brings new responsibilities,
Rear Admiral Peter Brady was also cognisant that it is a great achievement
for Jamaica which will enhance the region's capacity to implement port,
coastal and flag state obligations, including those obligations peculiar
to the region.
Jamaica's presence on the council will help to further advance the important
work it has been doing in ensuring compliance with IMO requirements
and in providing sound representation for the Caribbean.
December 11, 2007