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  • Jamaica is seeking re-election to the prestigious International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council for a fifth consecutive term.
  • First elected to the Council in 2007, Jamaica is one of 25 states vying for 20 of the available seats on the 40-seat body.
  • The country was first elected to the IMO Council in 2007 and has been successfully re-elected since then.

Jamaica is seeking re-election to the prestigious International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council for a fifth consecutive term.

First elected to the Council in 2007, Jamaica is one of 25 states vying for 20 of the available seats on the 40-seat body. The country was first elected to the IMO Council in 2007 and has been successfully re-elected since then.

In an interview with JIS News, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, explained that the bid comes at a significant time in Jamaica’s maritime history.

“This is an important year for us as Jamaica is now poised to raise the bar on its maritime activities with the advent of the enlargement of the Panama Canal,” he said.

The Council is the governing body of the IMO, and takes on the main responsibilities of the organisation when the assembly is not in session. These include budgeting, policymaking, the approval of legislation and the general administration of the organisation.

“We take this bid very seriously, because being a member of the Council helps to raise the maritime profile of a country as a responsible maritime State. That responsibility is represented in the halls of the IMO where all of the international rules that govern how ships should perform at sea take place,” the Director General outlined.

Admiral Brady explained that one aspect of the bid takes place during the IMO biennial assembly, where Jamaica’s Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, who is the head of the Jamaican delegation, makes a presentation to the 171 member states of the organisation.

The presentation outlines Jamaica’s progress in the maritime industry in the years since last being elected and how assistance is provided to regional states.

“In the region, Jamaica is a prominent maritime State. We help our regional counterparts with training and capacity building,” he added.