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India re-elected to Int'l Maritime Organisation Council

Press Trust of India  |  London 

was today re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under Category B at an assembly of the body at its headquarters here.

Indian High Commissioner to the Y K Sinha represented at the assembly where secured the second-highest number of votes (144) from member-countries, just after Germany's 146 and ahead of Australia's 143.

The other countries to make the cut included France (140), (138), (137), (131), (129), The Netherlands (124) and the (115).

"India is hereby putting forward its candidature for a re-to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in Category B, representing the developing countries and those with the largest interests in international sea borne trade," Union Shipping and Road Transport Minister had said in his address to the IMO in earlier this week.

He had assured the organisation during his visit that India would rededicate itself with renewed commitment towards the development of the objectives of IMO, if re-elected, and leverage the opportunity for the accelerated and sustained growth of the global maritime community.

"With the poised to grow faster, the government is alive to the possibility of a quantum jump in the maritime activities on the Indian coasts," he said.

India has been one of the earliest members of the IMO, having ratified its convention and joined it as a member-state in the year 1959.

India has been elected to the Council of the IMO ever since it started functioning, except for a two-year hiatus during 1983-1984.

The IMO Council plays a crucial role in deciding various important matters within the mandate of the IMO, in relation to the global shipping industry and its work strategy and budget.

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First Published: Sat, December 02 2017. 00:40 IST