Bangladesh elected Vice-Chair of IMO

Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani

London: Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to the UK, Saida Muna Tasneem, has been unanimously elected with 150 votes as the First Vice President of the 33rd Assembly of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London on 27 November 2023.

This is the first time Bangladesh and its PR have ever been voted to one of the highest positions of the prestigious IMO General Assembly, comprised of 175 member states that meet biennially in London to adopt all regulatory, financial, legal, and technical cooperation decisions of the global maritime industry and government. Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khalid bin Bandar al Saud was elected President.

The IMO Secretariat elects the vice-chair based on nominations and votes cast by Permanent Representatives of 175 present and voting member states of the IMO Assembly.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the highest United Nations specialised agency that deals with Maritime issues globally with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO’s work supports the UN sustainable development goals.

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