Attending the IMO Summit

21 July 2023

Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) conducted their 129th Council meeting in London from 17 to 21 July 2023. Part of the process was the election of the New Secretary General of the IMO, which took place on Tuesday (18 July). The successful candidate was Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco from the Republic of Panama. He will serve for the period from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2028.

Director General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation of Indonesia, Arif Toha, who was the Indonesian delegate at the meeting, officially welcomed the appointment of Mr Velasco on behalf of the Indonesian government.

“Indonesia warmly welcomes the election of Mr Arsenio from Panama. Apart from having a good close cooperation relationship in the sea transportation sector between Indonesia and Panama, Arsenio is also a figure, who has played an active role in the International Maritime Organization for a long time. We are sure that Arsenio will bring IMO to becoming better in the future,” Toha noted, as reported by the Antara Indonesian News Agency.

Currently, Indonesia is running for re-election as member of the IMO Council Category C for the 2023-2024 period for which the election will be held at the IMO Assembly in November 2023.

To garner vote support, Indonesia conducted several activities at the 129th IMO Council in London , such as holding a coffee break for members of the IMO Council, side events by holding bilateral meetings, and organizing a lunch reception at the IMO Building in London.

Present to lead the Indonesian delegation at the 129th IMO Council meeting along with Mr Toha were Indonesian Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, Director of Sea Traffic and Transport Capt. Hendri Ginting, and other dignitaries.

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, the IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. The organization’s measures cover all aspects of international shipping – including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal.

Read our related article on IMO activity: Protecting Indonesian Seafarers (HERE).

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