PANAMA SEEKS IMO’S SECRETARIAT GENERAL
The Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, delivered the payment of the Republic of Panama to the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Koji Sekimizu.
The Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty, met with the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Koji Sekimizu at the headquarters of this important agency of the United Nations (UN) in London, England.
Mr. Barakat was accompanied by the Director General of the Merchant Marine, Mr. Fernando Solorzano, the Deputy Director of the Merchant Marine, Mrs. Margareth Mosquera, and the Ambassador, Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, Panama’s Permanent Representative to the IMO.
During the meeting, the Administrator of the PMA expressed to the Secretary General, Mr. Sekimizu, the possibility that the Republic of Panama will present a professional and trained candidate to run in the elections of the new Secretary General of IMO that will be held in 2015.
Last month, Mr. Koji Sekimizu revealed his decision not to seek reelection to a second term due to personal reasons.
During the meeting, the Administrator of the PMA delivered the payment of Panama’s contribution to the IMO’s budget for 2014 to the Secretary General. This payment represents approximately 20% of the regular budget of this organization.
In his acknowledgement speech for the contribution, the Secretary-General highlighted the support and commitment that Panama shows towards the work of IMO, in benefit of sustainable development of the global maritime industry.
The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the UN that promotes cooperation between States and the shipping industry, in order to improve maritime safety and prevent marine pollution. IMO consists of 156 countries.
Panama is part of IMO’s Group A and is on the board that functions as the governing body, being the country with the largest Ship Registry in the World.