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Jamaica elected to council of IMO

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

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JAMAICA has confirmed its position at the heart of international maritime legislature after being re-elected to Category C of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Jamaica was re-elected last Friday during the 31st session of the IMO Assembly held at the IMO headquarters in London, to serve another two-year term until 2021.

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague, who led the delegation for the first time, was elated at this achievement. He said: “At the IMO Assembly you are on the world stage with all the maritime powers. It is indeed remarkable and indicative of the level of respect accorded to Jamaica as a maritime State that our peers have recognised our contribution and re-elected us to serve on this august body.”

The council is the governing body of the IMO when the assembly, which normally meets biennially, is not in session. “It approves the work of the various committees, proposes the budget, appoints the secretary general for the assembly's approval, and makes policy recommendations, including the IMO's strategic plan.

Said Montague:“Being a member of the IMO Council raises Jamaica's maritime profile, gives Jamaica a representative voice for all maritime regulatory issues, and enables us to represent our nation, our maritime industry, and other Caribbean States who have similar economic profiles and maritime issues.”

Jamaica has been an active member of the IMO since the establishment of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), and has served in several areas, including having director general of the MAJ, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, serve as previous chairman of the former IMO's Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) subcommittee between 2002 and 2012 – now called the Subcommittee on Human Element. Deputy Director General Claudia Grant currently chairs the SubCommittee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III).

Jamaica was also selected as lead partner country in a number of IMO projects and regularly hosts regional capacity-building activities in collaboration with the IMO.

Chair of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester had high commendations for the team, which included Rear Admiral Peter Brady, who was at the heart of the country's campaign for re-election having been appointed as the special envoy to IMO. He was delighted with the outcome and indicated that Category C is special, as, among other things, it seeks to give a voice to small island developing states (SIDS) in maritime regulatory decision-making.

“We take this responsibility seriously and try to participate in the work of the IMO to ensure that the interests and concerns of

Jamaica, the Caribbean countries, and SIDS in general are adequately ventilated at this level,” Rear Admiral Brady said.


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