FTA - Land & Mar­itime holds con­fer­ence for IMO mem­bers

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Dr Ab­dul­lah Bel­heif Al-Nuaimi, Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment and Chair­man of the FTA, chaired the del­e­ga­tion par­tic­i­pat­ing in the meet­ings of the Gen­eral Com­mit­tee of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which will con­tinue un­til July 28, 2017, to dis­cuss the most im­por­tant is­sues re­lated to the mar­itime sec­tor.

In his speech, Dr AlNuaimi show­cased the UAE’s proven con­tri­bu­tions to the global mar­itime in­dus­try as one of the world’s ma­jor in­flu­encers, in ad­di­tion to the coun­try’s un­prece­dented achieve­ments in mar­itime in­fra­struc­ture. The UAE boasts of 20 lead­ing world-class ports, a ma­jor­ity of which are among the top 10 in­ter­na­tional ports in terms of ad­vanced trans­port and mar­itime ship­ping in­fra­struc­ture.

He also noted that the UAE has so­lid­i­fied its lead­ing mar­itime po­si­tion by host­ing well­known mar­itime-re­lated events and con­fer­ences, in­clud­ing the UAE Mar­itime Week, Dubai Mar­itime Week, Dubai Mar­itime Sum­mit, Abu Dhabi Sum­mit of Global Ma­rine and Mar­itime Lead­ers, In­ter­na­tional Fu­jairah Bunker­ing and Fuel Oil Fo­rum, and many other re­gional and in­ter­na­tional gath­er­ings. These ini­tia­tives have placed the UAE among the ranks of the most prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional mar­itime cap­i­tals.

Ac­cord­ing to Al-Nuaimi, the coun­try’s highly com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages have po­si­tioned it along­side the world’s most prom­i­nent and lead­ing coun­tries with best-in-class mar­itime in­dus­tries. As such, the UAE is qual­i­fied as an IMO Cat­e­gory B mem­ber. Ten coun­tries with ma­jor in­ter­ests in the in­ter­na­tional mar­itime trade have won mem­ber­ship in the cat­e­gory.

Fur­ther­more, he noted that the lo­cal mar­itime sec­tor’s steady growth is the re­sult of the UAE Govern­ment’s re­lent­less im­prove­ment ef­forts. Thanks to its strate­gic ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion as well, the coun­try has one of the busiest com­mer­cial wa­ter­ways in the world. It is con­sid­ered as one of the lead­ing mar­itime trad­ing plat­forms in the Ara­bian Gulf, East Africa, In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent, Europe, and Asia. The global mar­itime mar­ket has in­creased over the past years in a world where 90 per cent of trade ac­tiv­i­ties is still de­pen­dent on ship­ping.

The UAE has been a pro­duc­tive IMO mem­ber since 1980 due to its highly di­ver­si­fied mar­itime sec­tor and rich mar­itime her­itage. With a strong pres­ence on the global mar­itime map, the coun­try has been con­tin­u­ously re­in­forc­ing its re­gional and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion. The UAE, con­sid­ered one of the world’s fastest-grow­ing mar­itime hubs and one of the most eco­nom­i­cally and com­mer­cially de­vel­oped mar­itime mar­kets in the Mid­dle East, has also con­sis­tently sought ways to add value to world trade, the in­ter­na­tional mar­itime trans­port, and ma­rine ship­ping. To main­tain its com­pet­i­tive edge, the UAE con­stantly de­vel­ops and im­ple­ments mar­itime trans­port reg­u­la­tions as part of its com­mit­ment to help im­prove the in­ter­na­tional mar­itime sys­tem. “For all these rea­sons, we stress that the can­di­dacy and win­ning the nom­i­na­tion to the Coun­cil Mem­ber­ship is the UAE’s fun­da­men­tal and in­alien­able right. To prove its el­i­gi­bil­ity even more, the coun­try will con­tinue to im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives that will en­sure in­ter­na­tional mar­itime suc­cess, main­tain its lead­er­ship, and pro­mote greater re­gional growth. We will strive harder un­der the guid­ance of our for­ward-look­ing lead­ers, lever­ag­ing our vast ex­pe­ri­ences to suc­ceed in our goal,” con­cluded H.E.

The meet­ing wit­nessed a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion on of the UAE’s can­di­dacy filed be­fore the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil was fea­tured dur­ing the con­fer­ence. With its fil­ing done in the pres­ence of high-level in­ter­na­tional del­e­ga­tions, the pre­sen­ta­tion threw the spot­light on the coun­try’s con­tri­bu­tions to the in­ter­na­tional mar­itime sys­tem; its ac­tive in­volve­ments in a num­ber of IMO agree­ments; its role in sup­port­ing the lo­cal, re­gional, and global mar­itime sec­tors; and its deep-rooted mar­itime his­tory.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Ab­dul­lah Al-Nuaimi was also able to meet with Ki­tack Lim, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the IMO, wherein he shared the role of the UAE in im­prov­ing the in­ter­na­tional mar­itime sys­tem and boost­ing the growth of in­ter­na­tional mar­itime trade. He also talked about the UAE’s suc­cess­ful ex­pe­ri­ence as an in­cu­ba­tor for 20 of the world’s most im­por­tant ports. He shared the most im­por­tant laws and reg­u­la­tions per­tain­ing to the mar­itime sec­tor in the UAE and its con­form­ity with the most im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. As well as the file nom­i­nat­ing the UAE to the mem­ber­ship of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ki­tack Lim praised the unique fea­tures of the mar­itime sec­tor in the UAE and the im­por­tant role it plays in sup­port­ing the global mar­itime sec­tor and the keen­ness of the UAE side to de­velop the mar­itime trans­port sec­tor, im­ple­ment in­ter­na­tional mar­itime safety stan­dards, and build new hu­man and tech­ni­cal ca­pac­i­ties and re­sources to keep pace with the con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment in the trans­port sec­tor, through the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the UAE au­thor­i­ties work­ing in this field. The mem­bers are sched­uled to be elected at the 30th Or­di­nary Gen­eral As­sem­bly meet­ing be­tween Novem­ber 24 and De­cem­ber 5.

In the pres­ence of Dr Ab­dul­lah Al-Nuaimi, the author­ity held a co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing in Lon­don, of the Mem­ber States of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IMO). The meet­ing wit­nessed a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion of the UAE’s can­di­dacy for the Coun­cil in the pres­ence of high-level del­e­ga­tions from around the world. The pre­sen­ta­tion in­cluded the con­tri­bu­tions of the UAE in up­grad­ing the in­ter­na­tional mar­itime sys­tem, its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the IMO con­ven­tions and its role in sup­port­ing the ma­rine sec­tor lo­cally, re­gion­ally and glob­ally, as well as its long his­tory in the mar­itime field and mar­itime in­dus­try.

The UAE team was formed to over­see the coun­try’s bid to join the IMO’s Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil. The team is com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the FTA; the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs; the Min­istry of En­ergy; the Gen­eral Author­ity for the Se­cu­rity of Ports, Borders and Free Zones; the Fed­eral Cus­toms Author­ity; the Dubai Mar­itime City Author­ity; the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Trans­port; the Abu Dhabi Na­tional Oil Co. (ADNOC); Dubai In­ter­na­tional Ports; DP World; the Abu Dhabi Ports Com­pany; Shar­jah De­part­ment of Sea­ports and Cus­toms; SAQR Ports Author­ity in Ras Al-Khaimah; and the UAE Clas­si­fi­ca­tion So­ci­ety - TASNEEF.

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