IMO appoints first Emirati woman as Goodwill Maritime Ambassador
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has appointed Dr. Aisha Al Busmait, Director of Government Communications at the Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime, as IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador.
The appointment came during the World Maritime Day which was held in Colombia from September 15 to 17, 2019, and makes Al Busmait the first female Emirati to ever hold the position.
“I am honored to be part of the success of Emirati women by having been appointed as IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador, which would not have been possible without the UAE's vision and the support and the trust of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and the Chairman of FTA,” said Al Busmait.
“I would also like to thank H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, who has been a role model and supporter of Emirati women, in increasing their contribution to the service of the nation and raise its banner in all local and international fields,” she added.
Dr. Al Busmait has a distinguished career, with her valuable contributions and active role in the UAE's historic membership to the IMO Council in category ‘B’ through her position as Director of Government Communications at FTA.
She has been responsible in coordinating the efforts among members of the supporting team in the run up to the nomination, which involved leading government entities and private companies in the UAE.
The Goodwill Ambassador is chosen among the world's most influential public figures. They play a key role in addressing international issues affecting people’s lives by promoting public awareness and supporting ambitious goals in building a safer and more prosperous future.
The IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador is responsible for contributing to advancing the growth of the maritime industry based on innovation, sustainability and cooperation as a vital component of the global economy. Maritime ambassadors encourage individuals, especially young people, to become involved in the marine world.
The IMO is an international organization specialized in maritime sector which aims to enhance the public perception of the sector by promoting the development of various maritime professions, as well as inspiring and encouraging young people to engage in it.