Mr. Arsenio Domínguez will represent Panama before the IMO

Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, (Eng.) was appointed as Panama’s new permanent representative before the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by Panama’s President, Juan Carlos Varela.

Mr. Dominguez’s designation is part of the government’s strategy, which seeks to maintain Panama as the leader country in ship registration; Panama is a registry with an efficient and transparent service, meeting the demands and needs of the international maritime market, and always in compliance with the international conventions governing the maritime activity.

In 1995, Mr. Domínguez earned a Naval Engineering degree at Universidad Veracruzana (Veracruz, Mexico). He also holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hull (England) and a Diploma in International Law and European Politics, from Birkbeck, University of London (England).

Before he joined the Panama Maritime Authority in 1998, Mr. Dominguez worked at a major shipyard, in Panama, as Technical Assistant in the inspection and restoration of ships. As a member of the Panama Maritime Authority, he began his duties as Technician at the Regional Technical and Documentation Office in London, where he became head of the office during the period 1999-2004. Later, he assumed the duties as Alternate Representative and Panama’s Technical Advisor before the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Since 1998, Mr. Dominguez has not only represented Panama in IMO meetings, but also before other international organizations such as the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO); he has chaired several of those meetings. Currently, he acts as Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) having previously been its Vice-Chairman from 2012 to 2013; since 2010, Mr. Domínguez is Chairman of the Working Group on Maritime Protection and Piracy, which is part of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). Additionally, he has participated as a speaker/lecturer/consultant at various conferences, seminars, exhibitions and workshops.

The Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty said that this appointment is positive for the country. Barakat emphasizes Panama’s commitment to continue improving the technology of its operational structure. In his opinion, Arsenio is a professional whose profile meets the requirements demanded in order to assume the responsibility of representing Panama at such an important entity as the IMO.