Panama nominates Dominguez to replace Kitack Lim as IMO Sec-Gen

Panama nominates Dominguez to replace Kitack Lim as IMO Sec-Gen


The Republic of Panama through the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has presented the candidature of Arsenio Dominguez for election as Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to succeed the incumbent Kitack Lim whose tenure expires December 31, 2023.

If elected, Dominguez will be the first Panamanian and Latin American to occupy the position.

A naval architect, he was an alternate representative of Panama at the IMO from 2004 to 2014. He was designated Panama’s Ambassador to the IMO and President of the MEPC until 2017 when he joined the IMO as Chief of Staff, Administrative Director and later Marine Environment Director.

Arsenio Dominguez’ campaign “Taking the lead, for a united and better future” aims at serving IMO “by putting people and the planet first.”

“I believe that the IMO has incredible potential that extends beyond shipping, to the society. That’s why I am committed to fulfilling my mission and vision,” Dominguez said.

“Panama is proud to support Mr Dominguez’s mission and vision, that we share as a country,” said Noriel Arauz, Panama Maritime Authority Administrator and Minister of Maritime Affairs. “His candidature honours our country, our maritime vocation and dedication to the shipping industry for more than a century.”

Panama joined the IMO on 31 December 1958 and became a member of the Council of the IMO in 1979. With the entry into force in 2002 of the 1993 amendments to the Constitutive Agreement of the Organisation, Panama has been elected member of category A of the Council ever since.

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