In a fiercely contested election, Jamaica was successful in securing a seat in the most sought-after Category ‘C’ of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the 2014-2015 biennium, in the recently held elections at the 28th IMO Assembly held November 26 to December 4, 2013. Voting took place on Friday November 29, 2013 at the IMO headquarters in London.
The Council is the highest decision making body of this United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment. It comprises 170 Member States and three Associate Members.
The Jamaican delegation was lead by The Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, and included the Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) and senior officers of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing (MTWH) and the MAJ.
Jamaica’s membership in Category ‘C’ enhances its capacity and that of the Region to contribute to major policy decisions, rule-making and the development of standards including representing the maritime interests of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in order to implement port, coastal and flag State obligations.
Category ‘A’ comprises 10 states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services.
Category ‘B’ also comprises 10 states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.
Category ‘C’, to which Jamaica has been re-elected, embodies 20 states not elected under Categories ‘A’ or ‘B’, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.
“Re-election to the IMO Council is critical for Jamaica at this time, as the country has evolved as a credible maritime State with port, flag and coastal State standards at the international level and as it establishes itself as a global Shipping and Logistics Hub”, said Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ – Jamaica’s maritime administration.
Jamaica’s successful bid was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, including the High Commission in London, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica,
Jamaica has had the honour to serve on the Council of the IMO since 2007 when it was first elected to Category ‘C’ of the Governing Body.