KARACHI: It was the first occasion when the Pakistani delegation led by Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael participated in the 28th Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly.
The Secretary General of IMO Koji Sekimizu and other countries commended the presence of Pakistani delegation in the Assembly session which was attended by Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael, Chairman Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Siddique Memon, General Manager Planning & Development KPT Ghulam Ali Memon and the Director Protocol cum Liaison and Council to Minister for Ports and Shipping Nouman Bashir Khan.
In continuation to this, the Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael revealed his plans for raising the profile of Pakistan in IMO during a meeting with the High Commissioner of Pakistan.
Kamran Michael also informed him that Pakistan will contest elections for IMO Council under category “C” during the IMO Assembly session scheduled to take place in 2015. The IMO Council elections in the three categories were the centrepiece of the recently held session where Pakistani delegation voted in compliance to the instructions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The strong participation of Pakistan supported Pakistan Mission’s continuing endeavours for upgrading their relationship with the IMO, the Senator Kamran Michael added. The Mission was also proposed that benefits could be drawn out from this significant forum through continuous engagements with the IMO and that we should keep up this momentum, he further added.
The High Commission informed the Senator Kamran Michael that their office is not accredited to the IMO and that a qualified officer at London is required to deal with the affairs of IMO.
It was, however, recommended by the Mission to have preparatory work finalized and our candidature for the IMO Council under category “C” be initiated to get support for a broader membership support of the organization. The Mission has further suggested accrediting the Pakistan High Commissioner in London for continued participation in IMO to be ensured.
It was also suggested that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may consider positing an additional officer specifically to deal with the IMO matters.