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  • Jamaica will join 19 other states that were voted into the ‘C’ category of the Council, at its Assembly, which took place in London between November 25 and December 4.
  • This category comprises states that have special interest in maritime transport or navigation.
  • The Council is the executive arm of the IMO and is responsible under the Assembly for supervising the work of the organisation.

Jamaica has once again been elected to the influential Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Jamaica will join 19 other states that were voted into the ‘C’ category of the Council, at its Assembly, which took place in London between November 25 and December 4.

This category comprises states that have special interest in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. Morais Guy, who headed Jamaica’s delegation to the Assembly, said that Jamaica sees its role on the Council as critical to ensuring that the interests of member states of the Caribbean Community as well as other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and Least Developed Countries (LDCS), continue to be adequately represented within the IMO.

He said that as a maritime state, the country’s economy and livelihood depends on shipping.

“The IMO’s initiative to promote sustainable maritime transportation aligns with our Government’s own long-term strategic plans to embrace shipping as a major plank of economic development and growth,” Minister Guy stated.

“We have developed our maritime infrastructure, which comprises container, cruise and bulk cargo ports. As such, we have to be doubly sure that shipping in an around Jamaica is conducted safely, securely, and in an environmentally-friendly way in keeping with the tenets of this organisation,” he added.

The Council is the executive arm of the IMO and is responsible under the Assembly for supervising the work of the organisation.

There are three categories of countries on the Council. In addition to Category  C, there are also Category ‘A’ which comprises 10 states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services; and Category ‘B’ which consists of 10 other member states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade.

The Jamaican delegation to the Assembly included Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral Peter Brady;  Director of Legal Affairs at the MAJ, Bertrand Smith;  Director of Transport Policy in the Ministry, Valerie Simpson; Secretary General, Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, Jodi Munn-Barrow; Jamaican High Commission to the United Kingdom, Aloun Ndombet Assamba; Deputy High Commissioner, Diedre Mills; and Counsellor, Jamaican High Commission, Christine Dale.