– SAFETY, TRANSPARENCY AND QUALITY IN THE MARITIME SERVICES –
MAIN TOPICS DISCUSSED BY THE PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY 'S DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR DURING HIS VISIT TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

Mr. Andrew Winbow, Secretary-General Assistant and Director of the Maritime Safety Division, Mr. Alejandro Agustín Moreno PMA’s Deputy Administrator and Mr. Fernando Solórzano, Merchant Marine General Director

Panama, July 30th, 2014.

Panama made ​​a payment for the amount of 2.7 million GBP (4 553 386 USD), corresponding to its annual financial contribution to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the current year, reaffirming thus, the Panamanian administration’s commitment and its support to all the activities developed by this lead agency regarding the maritime policies worldwide; this event took place at the occasion of the visit in London (England) of the PMA’s Deputy Administrator, Mr. Alejandro Agustín Moreno and the Merchant Marine’s General Director, Mr. Fernando Solórzano.

As part of its work agenda, the Panamanian authorities, accompanied by Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, Alternate Representative of the Mission of Panama to IMO, gathered at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with Mr. Andrew Winbow,  Secretary-General Assistant and Director of the Maritime Safety Division; who in the absence of the Secretary-General of IMO, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, is the person with the highest status within the Organization.

The Deputy Administrator, Mr. Moreno stressed that during this five-year period ahead of us, the safety and the transparency of the processes are among the most important topics in the PMA’s goals; he also noted that matters related to the consulates and to the administrative issues of the Diplomatic Mission Abroad will be tackled.

On the other hand, Mr. Fernando Solórzano, Merchant Marine General Director, reaffirmed its commitment to improving the quality of service offered by the world’s largest registry, service that embrace from the proper implementation of international conventions, of which Panama is a signatory country, to ship registrations and seafarers’ certification.

Mr. Winbow welcomed the visit of the Panamanian delegation and highlighted the financial, technical and administrative contribution that the PMA provides for IMO’s management, taking into account the projections reported by the PMA’s new administration, led by Mr. Jorge Barakat, administrator.