MOWCA Scribe, Meets Incoming IMO SG, Dominguez, seeks for Synergy

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By Innocent Orok

Dr. Paul Adalikwu, Secretary General of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) has met Mr. Arsenio A. Dominguez Velasco , the newly elected Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London to continually foster cooperation between both bodies.

Their meeting which held on the sidelines of the recently held 33rd General Assembly of the IMO explored already agreed areas of collaboration between both organisation with a view to continuing them when Velasco resumes in January 2024.

While congratulating Dominguez on his new appointment and reassuring him of MOWCA’s support in promoting environmentally, safe and sustainable shipping in West and Central Africa , Adalikwu recalled that he achieved the signing of a Joint Action Plan (JAP) agreed by both bodies in 2022 under the outgoing Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim.

Adalikwu gave Dominguez a brief on MOWCA, it’s scope of operations and achievements made under his watch in the past two years, while the incoming IMO, SG promised to consolidate and sustain the relationship between both organisations

The IMO and MOWCA had agreed on a Joint Action Plan (JAP) to promote maritime security, safe, efficient and environment friendly shipping.

The JAP was agreed upon at IMO Headquarters in London with outgoing IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, MOWCA Secretary General, with Dr Paul Adalikwu and transportation ministers from West and Central African countries in attendance.

Both bodies agreed that the JAP be operational from 2022 to 2032 in the first phase and implemented to align towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African Maritime Transport Charter, African Integrated Maritime Strategy 2050, and African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development.

Adalikwu described the JAP as a bold step towards ensuring improved safety of ships, crew members and cargoes on African waters especially in the West and Central African regions.

He added that the move would engender more technical cooperation between IMO and MOWCA for strategic human capital development that will leverage on technology.

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