The UAE’s Federal Transport Authority has announced that the country’s bid for Category B membership of the IMO executive council has been successful.
The achievement marks the first time in history that an Arab country has joined the decision-making body of the International Maritime Organisation.
“The historic win provides a strong boost to nationwide efforts to consolidate the UAE's presence as a major contributor to the accelerated growth of global maritime trade,” said Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport (FTA).
“The country is currently among the world’s top 10 in supplying oil and gas at a time when crude oil production is expected to increase from 2.9 million barrels per day to 4 million by 2040. We seek to move forward in the path of innovation and invest in R&D and human capital to anticipate and brighten the future of the maritime sector.
“We will keep in mind our wise leadership’s vision as embodied by the objectives of ‘UAE Centennial 2017’ which aims to make the UAE the best and most advanced country in the world,” he added.
Al Nuaimi added that the UAE’s Category B membership under the IMO’s Council will pave the way for the country to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the global maritime system.