Africa seeks greater representation on IMO Council, MoU on capacity building

Posted by News Express | 31 July 2017 | 1,996 times

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The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called for increased representation of the continent on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council and its Secretariat.

Peterside, who made the appeal when he led a delegation of some members of AAMA Executive Committee to meet with the IMO Secretary General, Mr. Kitack Lim at the Organisation’s headquarters in London, said that there was the need for Africa’s proportionate representation to commensurate with the size of the continent’s membership of IMO.

According to the AAMA Chairman, “you will agree with me that the number of African nations at the Council of the IMO is disproportionate to the size of the continent’s representation at the global maritime body. Therefore to drive Africa’s maritime sector development agenda, there is need for a proportionate and effective representation of the continent in council and at the secretariat,” he said.

Peterside, who is also the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), noted that various initiatives embarked upon by the AAMA leadership included cooperation by the member-nations in capacity building, to impact on the continent’s maritime sector.

While commending the IMO for the technical support so far extended to members on the African continent, Pterside solicited for a Memorandum of Understanding between the IMO and AAMA to have an integrated position, adding that that would aid a lot of African countries needing technical support.

In his response, Lim commended the African Maritime Administrations for their high level organisation and a proactive leadership of AAMA with a drive towards ensuring that Africa maritime sector remains viable.

He urged African nations to continue working closely to remain a formidable block that would be of influence in decision making at the IMO.

Lim noted that he is from a developing country despite the recent successes of his home country and therefore appreciated the African position. He pledged to continue to champion greater assistance to developing countries so that they would benefit more from global maritime trade. He promised to liaise with the technical staff of IMO and get back to AAMA on the various requests made.

The AAMA delegation that accompanied Peterside, included the Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. Kwame Owuaru; and CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Mr. Sobantu Tilayi. Others included the Executive Director Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Mr. Bashir Jamoh; the chairperson of African Maritime Advisory Group (AMAG), Azara Prempeh; and Phimulani Myeni of  South Africa.

Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, a Director in IMO, who is of Kenya origin; and Mr. William Azuh, Head of IMO Technical Section for Africa joined the Secretary General of IMO to receive the AAMA delegation.

The AAMA team also recently met with representatives of African countries at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), under the auspices of African Maritime Advisory Group (AMAG) at the IMO Headquarters in London.

•Photo shows, From right: Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, a Director in IMO; Chairman AAMA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside; the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim; Executive Director Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Mr. Bashir Jamoh; and Emma Alfred, Assistant Director in NIMASA, during a meeting with the Secretary General of the IMO at the Organisation’s Headquarters in London


Source: News Express

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