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IMO SECRETARY GENERAL TO VISIT JAMAICA FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOP

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 

The Secretary General of the IMO, Kitack Lim, is due to attend a High Level Symposium (HLS) being hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) in Kingston.

Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon Robert Montague, will chair the symposium, which will be attended by Transport Ministers of the Caribbean Region and is themed 'Maritime Transportation: Harnessing the Blue Economy for the Sustainable Development of the Caribbean'.

The objective of the HLS is to update policymakers on the challenges faced by States in the region as they ensure the preservation of the marine environment, on which they are heavily dependent for their socio-economic wellbeing. The intent is to identify strategies to assist States in meeting their obligations under IMO Instruments to which they are party, particularly the marine environment protection and liability and compensation instruments.

In addition to addressing the HLS, Secretary General Lim will make courtesy calls on Hon Robert Montague and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon Pearnel Charles Jr. He will also visit the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard at HMJS Cagway Port Royal and will meet with Professor Fritz Pinnock, President of Caribbean Maritime University, for a tour of the new-look campus.

The HLS will begin Wednesday February 27, 2019 in Montego Bay. Immediately following will be a regional two-day workshop for Senior Maritime Administrators (SMA), sponsored by the IMO and hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, on February 28 and March 1, 2019.

The objective of the workshop is to update the knowledge of senior maritime administration officials across the region, on the latest regulatory and other developments in the international maritime sector. The workshop will also provide Caribbean maritime administrators with the latest information on current and future developments at IMO and facilitate the exchange of information between Caribbean administrations. Additionally, the workshop will facilitate the development of a list of technical assistance priorities for the region for the 2020-2021 biennium.

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