UAE goes head-to-head with 11 other countries in bid for IMO council

The UAE is competing with 11 other countries in a bid for Category B membership in the International Maritime Organization’s Executive Council.
 Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Balheif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime.
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Balheif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime.

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The United Arab Emirates has completed preparations for its candidacy to become a member of the Executive Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The UAE has prepared for the competition in category B along with 11 leading countries in the field of international sea trade such as Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia.

The decision to run for the second category falls in line with the UAE’s role as a major player in the international maritime sector, backed by its leading position on ports management and global position as among the top three countries in terms of quality in port infrastructure.

"The UAE has built itself a position within the maritime transport sector, based on its ambitious plans to develop world-class seaports and berths, and to ensure the operation, maintenance and construction of vessels, dry basins, finance and insurance in line with the highest global safety standards,” said Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Balheif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime.

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“The relentless national efforts have resulted in outstanding results in terms of compliance with the principles of maritime management, and exceeding the standards of the world's leading shipping centres.”

A team has been set up to support the nomination of the UAE to the IMO Executive Council, comprising representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Energy, Ports and Free Zones Authority, Federal Customs Authority and the Dubai Maritime City Authority, ADNOC, DP World, Abu Dhabi Ports, Sharjah Ports and Customs Department, SAQR Port Authority in Ras Al Khaimah and Emirates Rating Authority.

The members are scheduled to be elected at the 30th Ordinary General Meeting between 24 November and 5 December.

The IMO is the international agency responsible for shipping laws, maritime safety and navigation conventions. Membership of the Executive Council gives nations greater influence over the implementation of international maritime laws and regulations.

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