PRETORIA, South Africa has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the executive organ of the IMO which is responsible for supervising the work of the organization.
The IMO itself is the global standard-setting authority for maritime safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Voting to elect new Member States of the Council of the IMO for the 2018-19 period took place last Friday during the 30th Regular Session of the IMO Assembly in London.
South Africa's Deputy Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, thanked Member States for their support for South Africa. She also thanked the African Union (AU) for endorsing South Africa's candidature in the election.
The Department of Transport partnered with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco), supported by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Ports Regulator of South Africa and Transnet, to drive South Africa's re-election campaign.
With South Africa being the only country from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) elected to the council, the African continent will be fairly and fully represented in the affairs of the IMO Council, the Transport Department said in a statement here Monday.
South Africa has a long-standing relationship with the IMO dating to 1948 under observer status and the country became a member in 1995. The country has continued to actively maintain its relationship with the organization and its members.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK