The United Arab Emirate (UAE) has confirmed that the country is ready to submit a second term nomination re-election into the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council.
The IMO Council election is scheduled to hold on 29 November in London.
The UAE said its bid for a second term Category B membership of the council demonstrates the country’s keenness to play a leading role in the Middle East region maritime sector.
UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, Abdullah Bin Mohammed Balheif Al Nuaimi, said, “Our accomplishments, specifically in maritime traffic and transportation infrastructure, reflect the UAE’s positioning as an innovative maritime hub. This file will be presented during the forthcoming meeting in London and we are confident that winning Category B membership of the IMO Council anew will add value to the global maritime industry because of the UAE’s international standing in the industry.
“Winning would enable the country to contribute effectively to the development of international laws and regulations and help enhance the role of the maritime sector at the regional and international levels.”
The UAE, which accounts for 35% of total maritime investments in the region, confirmed that it has completed all necessary requirements needed for re-nomination.
The UAE believes that the membership will allow the country to further enhance the maritime safety standards and protect the marine environment. The move also reflects the UAE’s commitment to the IMO Council to help set the best standards for the development of maritime transport and ports and the implementation of IMO’s international and regional technical cooperation programs for maritime system upgrades.