The 29th Assembly meeting held in London of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has re-elected the Philippines into its 40-member Council this Friday for the 2016-2017 biennium.
A top choice for maritime labour—a seafaring nation with almost a third of the total crews manning the ships around the world—and fourth largest shipbuilding nation, the Philippines is an active member of the IMO Council since 1997. Its re-election is significant and reinforces its commitment to provide competent and proficient seafarers and other such shipping services, to become one of the go-to maritime hubs in the region.
A member of the IMO since 1964, the Philippines has ratified and acceded to a number of IMO Conventions and its amendments. It has actively participated, among others, to regional cooperative agreements on anti-piracy coordination and cooperation procedures between and among states, regions, organizations, and industries.
The IMO consists of an Assembly, a Council and five main Committees: the Maritime Safety Committee, the Marine Environment Protection Committee; the Legal Committee; the Technical Cooperation Committee and the Facilitation Committee. A number of sub-committees support the work of the main technical committees.
The Assembly is the highest governing body of IMO, consisting of all 171 member states and three associate members, that meets biennially in regular sessions. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. The Assembly also elects the Council.
The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. It is elected for a two-year term beginning after each regular session of the Assembly.