ON HIS CAMPAIGN TOUR AS A CANDIDATE FOR SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE IMO, MR. MAXIMO MEJÍA, FROM THE PHILIPPINES, VISITED THE PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY

Mr. Maximo Mejía, current Director of The Philippines’ Maritime Industry Authority and candidate for secretary general of the IMO paid a visit to the Panama Maritime Authority as a first protocol approach to one of the member States of the IMO Council, in order to present the basics of its work program.

Mr. Mejía was welcomed by Mr. Jorge Barakat Pitty (Administrator) and Mr.  Tomás Ávila, (Secretary General) respectively. In this meeting, he expressed his desire of promoting a dynamic leadership; through the incorporation of new members and international organizations to the activities carried out by this organization, he wants to contribute in a positive way to the work carried out by the IMO.

The candidate for secretary general of the IMO emphasized the good relations that exist between Panama and the Philippines and the fact that both countries have an average economy. The Registry of ships endorses one of them and more than 100 000 seafarers working on ships from all over the world endorses the other one.

Mr. Maximo P. Mejía has been involved in the maritime sector for more than thirty years. His carrier began a merchant seafarer. Currently, he combines his responsibilities a Director of the Philippines’ Maritime Industry Authority with his teaching duties at the World Maritime University, in Malmö, Sweden

The 40 member States of the IMO Council will carry out the delicate task of electing the new Secretary General of the IMO among the six candidates running for this position

  • Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou, Cyprus, Interim Director of the Department of Merchant Marine
  • Mr. Vitaly Klyuev, Russia, Deputy Director of the Department of State policy for maritime and river transport
  • Mr. Ki-tack Lim, South Korea, responsible for the operation and management of Busan Port
  • Mr. Maximo Q. Mejia Jr, Philippines, Head of the Industrial Authority of Philippines’ Marine.
  • Mr. Andreas Nordseth, Denmark, Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority
  • Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, Kenya, Kenya’s representative to IMO