Jamaica: Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness announced Jamaica’s candidature for re-election to category C of the IMO – International Maritime Organization council for 2022-2023. PM Holness stated, “Jamaica will continue to offer its leadership, strategic focus and commitment as an IMO council member. It is of utmost significance that maritime concerns of particular importance to the Carib bean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and other vulnerable countries, mainly the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), to be fully aired and addressed in the IMO.”
He further added that “For Jamaica and other (SIDS) small island developing states, productive, healthy and resilient seas and oceans are critical to the economic sustainability of Jamaica.”
Adding to this, PM said, “Jamaica has been an active member of the council since 2007, and the decision of re-election is based on the firm belief th at we can continue to contribute in the work of the organisation.”
Elections of the council would be held in December, during the 32nd Regular Session of the IMO Assembly. Jamaica has placed the protection of the marine environment, welfare of seafarers, gender diversity and the safety and security of seagoing vessels at the top of its re-election agenda.
further stated that Jamaica’s continued membership at Category C level would enhance Jamaica’s capacity to promote more effective implementation of pollution prevention and maritime safety regulations at the national level, as well as among other SIDS and LDC’s.
Adding to this PM Holness boasted, “Being a small island, shipping is essential to Jamaica’s export and import trade. Over the years Jamaica had progressively built up a highly developed maritime infrastructure comprising cruise, container and bulk cargo ports, ship registration, maritime administration as well as the training of seafarers and shipping personnel. The seventh-largest natural harbour – Kingston Harbour in the world and Jamaica is the second-largest transhipment hub in the Caribbean region. Jamaica was again recognised as the world’s leading cruise destination at the World Travel Awards in 2020.”
He added that “The country also supports the IMO’s initiative in promoting and developing the country’s maritime profile for member states and Jamaica’s candidature for IMO is a significant signal of our maritime status and reputation at international level.”