South Africa re-elected to International Maritime Organisation for 2018-2019 period

South Africa re-elected tp the IMO Council

London, United Kingdom- Voting to elect new member states to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for the 2018-2019 period took place during the 5th day of the 30th Regular Session of the Assembly in London, United Kingdom on Friday, 01 December 2017.

The Republic of South Africa has been re-elected to the IMO Council under Category C.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, on behalf of the South Africa Government would like to thank all the member states who cast their ballot in favour of South Africa.

The Deputy Minister would also like to thank the African Union (AU) for endorsing South Africa's candidature in the election.

The Department of Transport (DoT) working in a coordinated manner and partnership with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) supported by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), Ports Regulator of South Africa and Transnet worked tirelessly to drive South Africa's re-election campaign.

With South Africa being the only country from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) elected to the Council, the African continent will be fairly and fully represented in the affairs of the IMO Council.

South Africa has a long standing relationship with the IMO since 1948 under her observer status and became a member in 1995. The Republic has continued to actively maintain her relationship with the organisation and its members beyond this period.

Due to her continued diligence in IMO affairs and her role in the Sub-Saharan region, South Africa continued to be re-elected to the IMO Council since 1999.

As a Member of the IMO Council, South Africa served as Vice-Chairperson from 2005 to 2015.

South Africa is looking forward to continuing her relationship with the IMO and the international community at the level of the Council.

The Council which is the Executive Organ of IMO is responsible for supervising the work of the organisation. The IMO itself is the global standard-setting authority for maritime safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.

Source: Government of South Africa