Opening of IMO’s New Pacific Regional Office in Fiji

International Maritime Organisation Plans to Open a Pacific Regional Office

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is planning to establish a regional office in the Pacific. The move is seen as essential to support the region’s maritime sector and re-establish its commitment to the development and effective use of shipping.

Importance of the Pacific Regional Office

With the establishment of the Pacific regional office, the IMO expects to increase its footprint in the Pacific region, which will allow for more direct engagement with Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). The office will focus on providing assistance and extending support for maritime safety, marine protection, and shipping efficiency.

Boost in Maritime Sector

The opening of the IMO’s Pacific regional office can significantly boost the maritime sector in the entire region. The increased attention from the IMO may lead to the development of the maritime capacity for Pacific Island Countries and Territories. This boost will help meet the international commitments under various global conventions.

Shipping Committed to Sustainable Development

The opening of the IMO Pacific regional office reiterates the organization’s commitment to sustainable development. The move aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and proves crucial in promoting green and efficient shipping globally.

Timing of the Announcement

The announcement regarding the opening of the Pacific regional office was made at the officials-only South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) meeting. A formal agreement is yet to be signed, but it underscores the IMO’s dedication to promoting maritime safety and environment protection in the region.

While the exact location and date of the opening have not been made public yet, IMO assures immediate work on the practical arrangements, promising a strong presence in the Pacific.


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