On Sunday, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime (FTA), arrived in London to visit the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and met with the Secretary-General of the Organization during the period from 20 to 23 of this January.
Upon arrival, The Minister was received by a number of officials from the UAE Embassy to the United Kingdom. The minister was accompanied by a large delegation consisting of officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime (FTA), the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the Department of Seaports & Customs of Sharjah, the Ministry of Energy and Industry, the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Ports, Port of Fujairah and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFA).
During a meeting with Mr. Kitak Lim, Secretary- General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates and the accompanying delegation, H.E. the Minister praised the distinguished bilateral relations and cooperation between the UAE and the United Kingdom at the level of the two countries' leaderships and their development especially in the economic fields that benefit the two countries and the two friendly peoples.
The meeting reviewed the agenda of the meeting on the subsequent actions of the Organization's strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships, the Country's financial contribution to the preparation of the fourth GHG study, as well as participation in the steering committee for the study, the State proposal on the reforms of the IMO Council, which will be reviewed at the coming session of the Council, and the submission of the accession document to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
In addition to discussing the program of the Goodwill Ambassador of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the re-nomination of the State in the elections of the IMO Council in category B for the period 2020-2021, as well as hosting the UAE for the concurrent event with the World Maritime Day in 2023.
During the meeting, the important and pivotal role played by the Organization in the field of maritime transport was reviewed.
His Excellency Dr. Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi also pointed out the importance of continued cooperation between the organization and the UAE authorities working in the maritime transport sector, and enhancing the joint technical cooperation in marine ports development projects and the maritime transport sector in the United Arab Emirates.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) praised the keenness of the UAE side to develop the maritime transport sector, implement international maritime safety standards, and build new human and technical capacities and resources to keep abreast of the continuous development in the maritime transport sector through the cooperation between the IMO and the UAE authorities working in this field, which includes the Emirates Classification Society (TASNEEF).
At the end of the meeting, H.E. Dr. Al Nuaimi stressed the importance of continuing cooperation with the IMO in all mega marine projects, that are being implemented, and enhancing the means of communication, which have a great role in the growing and development of the maritime transport sector during this period.