Industry, Logistics & Shipping

UAE wins major IMO Council membership for second time

The UAE has marked another remarkable global achievement as it has once again won Category B Membership into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council -besting the competition which had 10 leading countries in the field of global maritime trade, including Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia, taking part. 
 
The UAE was declared the winner of the elections conducted during the 31st General Assembly Meeting held in London. 
 
The win affirms the UAE's qualifications to play a pivotal and influential role in the global efforts to promote the international maritime system and drive in more growth for global maritime trade, said a senior minister. 
 
This victory is a reflection of our efforts to promote the UAE's role in the global maritime industry - an achievement that should be added to its long line of successes, remarked Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of FTA - Land and Maritime.
 
The win represents a forward push in the UAE’s move to create and implement international laws and regulations aimed at developing world transport and trade activity, he stated. 
 
 Al Nuaimi extended his his congratulations to HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, praising their continued support to enhance the country's position across all levels and fields, especially the maritime sector, which plays an important role in the economic development of the UAE. 
 
Al Nuaimi lauded the global achievement as an affirmation of the UAE's leading position as a global maritime center and an influential force in the global maritime industry.
 
He also praised and thanked the friendly countries that supported the UAE's candidacy, including the hard work and efforts exerted by the UAE support team. 
 
"The UAE will continue to play an important role in the unified move to promote the global maritime sector and develop world trade and the international economy," remarked Al Nuaimi.
 
"The country will also expand its scope of projects to develop and expand local ports with total investments of Dh157 billion ($43 billion) in the next few years, with a focus on transferring its leading experience in managing and operating 77 ports worldwide, including vital ports in the US and Europe," he added.-TradeArabia News Service