Liberia Seeks Seat on IMO Council -As Maritime Boss Announces Liberia’s candidature

MONROVIA – Liberia has formally made a request to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to seek a seat on the Council. The request was formalized on April 26, 2023 in the United Kingdom when Liberia Maritime Authority boss Eugene Nagbe verbally informed a gathering of IMO 33rd Assembly Session of the organization about Liberia’s candidature for election to a seat in Category A on IMO Council.

“By now every member state of the IMO have received Liberia’s Note Verbale channelled through your respective Embassies to the Court of St. James, and/or may have read the IMO-published version on IMODOCs platform. These documents relate to Liberia’s candidature for election to a seat in Category A on IMO Council at the 33rd Assembly Session of the Organization.

“Today, we are pleased to verbally present our quest to seek a seat on Council to you, and to ask for your support.  I can state with no uncertainty that for over six decades, Liberia has played a major and important role within the global maritime transport arena:  being the world’s second largest Open Registry, and the second largest contributor to IMO’s Annual budget. Additionally, for many decades, Liberia has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the IMO by active participation and contribution to its work through its secretariat and through various committees – including in the drafting and sponsorship of important regulations.

“As a major Port State and Coastal state in the Gulf of Guinea, Liberia has also made great contributions by serving as a bastion in the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes to ensure free and unfettered global maritime commerce.

 “We therefore are humbly requesting your countries’ support. Throughout this year, leading toward elections, we will continue to engage all IMO member states and provide the rationale as to why Liberia should be given a seat on Council in Category A,” Maritime boss Nagbe said.

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