Malta was re-elected in Category C of the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) during the 30th session of the IMO General Assembly held in London. Malta was elected for the 11th consecutive time.

Malta was re-elected in Category C where states have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council ensures the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

A member of the IMO since 1966, Malta is a strong supporter of the aims and objectives of the organisation and is a firm believer that real enhancement of safety, security and pollution prevention standards at sea and in port can only be achieved through the universal implementation of IMO rules and regulations.

Through its re-election, Malta further consolidated its active role in maritime affairs.

Over the years, several initiatives have been taken by Malta, particularly the one which brought the need for a new international law of the sea to the fore, as well as initiatives which led to the setting up of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI).

Both REMPEC and IMLI are run by the IMO and are located in Malta.

Malta’s re-election also contributes to the representation of not only the Mediterranean region, but also of a number of small island economies in the IMO’s governing body.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela thanked all those who contributed to this re-election, including both Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion and Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects employees.

Source: Timesofmalta

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