IMO appoints new Secretary General – India Seatrade News

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has appointed Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco from the Republic of Panama as the next Secretary General for an initial four-year term.

Valesco will begin his term of office on January 1, 2024, subject to the approval of the Assembly.

The decision was made in a secret ballot held today at the 129th session of the IMO Council, July 17-21, 2023.

Seven IMO member states had nominated candidates for the post of Secretary-General, as the term of office of the current incumbent, Kitack Lim of the Republic of Korea, expires on December 31, 2023.

The seven nominees were Moin Uddin Ahmed from Bangladesh, Suat Hayri Aka from Turkey, Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco from Panama, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry from Dominica, Nancy Karigithu from Kenya, Minna Kivimäki from Finland and Zhang Xiaojie from China.

The new IMO Secretary-General will have a huge responsibility in moving the industry forward, especially in light of the new targets agreed just over a week ago as part of the 2023 strategy to reduce shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“It has been a great pleasure and privilege to work with Kitack Lim for the past eight years. Kitack has successfully, calmly and purposefully led the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through challenging times and all members of the International Chamber of Shipping wish Kitack every success in his future endeavours,” said Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping.

“We look forward to working with Mr. Arsenio Dominguez (Panama) and know that Mr. Dominguez will lead with equal levels of authority, determination and compassion. The position of IMO Secretary General is not easy and there are undoubtedly challenges ahead as the industry strives to meet the 2030, 2040 and 2050 targets, but it will be my pleasure to share these challenges with Mr Dominguez To tackle better and a safer future for our industry and its people.”

Domínguez Velasco, the first Panamanian and Latin American candidate for this position, has more than 25 years of professional experience in the International Maritime World Committee, in addition to his contributions as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Panama to the IMO and President of the Marine Environment Protection Committee. (MEPC).

Domínguez is currently Director of the Department of Protection of the Marine Environment of the IMO, having previously served as Director of the Administrative Department and Head of the Cabinet and Organization.

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