ABU DHABI, 29th January, 2017 (WAM) — The UAE seeks to be a key member of the executive council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2017, a cabinet minister has said.
“We obtained the necessary approvals from the concerned authorities in the UAE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and will work closely with the stakeholders, ports and everyone in the maritime sector to have a permanent representation in the International Maritime Organisation in London,” Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority-Land and Maritime, said, at the UAE Summit of Marine and Maritime Leaders, held recently in Abu Dhabi.
Organised by the Emirates Classification Society, Tasneef, the summit brought world’s attention to the added value the UAE’s state-of-the-art marine infrastructure and strategic location offer, supporting the UAE’s National Agenda to be the best destination in the maritime industry.
“We strive to have a key role in the IMO that reflects the importance of the maritime sector for the UAE and for the people in this filed, while working to have a greater role in this sector,” the minister added.
During the summit, prominent marine and maritime leaders from across the world discussed challenges that face marine shipping, and oil and gas.
At another summit, held under the title, ‘Abu Dhabi Maritime Youth Summit for Empowering Emirati Youth Leaders in Maritime Domain’, participants discussed the maritime global landscape, shedding light on maritime economy and the UAE’s position in the global market.
Participants exchanged ideas on the new options for governments and companies to improve the environment and enhance investments and profitability.
The two summits were held under a strategic partnership with the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces, and sponsored by major national companies including Abu Dhabi Ports, National Marine Dredging Company, and National Drilling Company.
“Hosting the two summits for the second time in Abu Dhabi adds to the roster of our achievements. We have succeeded in consolidating the position of the UAE to be a major player in the international maritime sector. We have provided the opportunity for national marine leaders to engage in dialogue with their international counterparts. This is the starting point for long-term partnerships, especially as we have unlimited support from decision-makers in the UAE to develop the investment environment for the maritime industry to be the best in the world,” said Rashed Al Hebsi, Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Classification Society.