Jamaica has affirmed its commitment to the marine environment and blue economy as it was re-elected to Category C of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Declaring, through a prerecorded statement played at the opening of the IMO’s 32nd Assembly, that “Jamaica stands ready to partner with the IMO”, The Hon. Robert Montague, Minister of Transport and Mining, said: “Jamaica remains mindful of the vulnerabilities of our location but also our responsibilities to join with the international maritime community to preserve and protect the marine environment and the blue economy. With the impacts of climate change, Jamaica remains ready to assist our Caribbean partners. We continue to show leadership in the region in partnering with the IMO to find viable solutions to reduce emissions.”
Minister Montague outlined: “Jamaica’s long-term objectives fully recognise shipping as a major plank of our own Vision 2030 Development Plan. The maritime sector is a major contributor to the growth of Jamaica’s economy, enabled by substantial investments in world class cruise and transshipment port facilities; global distribution through the logistics hub; and a dynamic university which continues to develop social capital to serve the region and beyond. Jamaica’s maritime administration continues to execute its mandate, with a focus on: safety and security; the prevention of marine pollution; and the recognition, in law, of our valued seafarers as essential workers.”
During the 32nd session of the IMO Assembly, held virtually on December 10, Jamaica, was re-elected to serve another two-year term until 2023. The Council approves the work of the various Committees, proposes the budget, appoints the Secretary General for the Assembly’s approval and makes policy recommendations including the IMO’s strategic plan.
Jamaica is committed to serving the global maritime industry. It currently Chairs the IMO’s Implementation of IMO Instruments Sub-Committee, and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of World Maritime University. Jamaica has also been selected as Lead Partner Country on a number, of IMO Projects and regularly hosts regional capacity-building activities in collaboration with the IMO.
Pledging to continue to support the IMO in all aspects of its work, including efforts to reduce and eliminate ships’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change, Minister Montague said: “The people and Government of Jamaica continue to observe the highest standards for our flag ships, valued seafarers and port facilities. We will continue to cooperate and provide technical assistance to our Regional Partners, Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries in the true spirit of IMO cooperation.”