Morocco has been re-elected for a new term 2020-2021 as a member of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), following elections on Friday, as part of the 31st regular session of its Assembly, which is being held from 25 November to December 4 in London.
Morocco, competing with 24 other candidate countries for 20 vacant seats in the C grade of the council, won 131 votes. Other candidate countries in the same category were South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey.
The re-election of Morocco for the fifth consecutive time in this Council testifies to the recognition by the international maritime community of the important role that Morocco plays as a maritime country and its strategic vision in the field of safety and security maritime pollution and the prevention of marine pollution.
Founded in 1948, IMO is the global body responsible for setting safety and environmental performance standards for international shipping. It currently has 174 Member States and 3 Associate Members.
The organization comprises the General Assembly and the Council, as well as five main committees. The General Assembly is the highest authority in the structure of the Organization. It meets every two years and includes representatives from all member countries.
The Council is the executive body of the Organization and performs several functions such as coordination among the various organs and committees of the Organization and the appointment of the Secretary-General (subject to the approval of the General Assembly). The body meets twice a year.