The UAE is seeking to push forward its maritime development strategy by bidding to join the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO), it announced on Tuesday.
The UAE has submitted a bid to become a Category B member of the IMO’s executive council.
It is the only Arab candidate gunning for Category B membership, reflecting its pivotal role in the regional maritime industry, the government said in a statement, and competes with 11 countries in the field of international maritime trade led by Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France and Australia.
Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Balheif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport, said: “With its global competitiveness and modern human resource competencies, the UAE is…fast becoming an influential player on the global maritime stage, hosting 20 of the world’s leading ports and operating a total of 77 ports that are considered vital by important markets such as the US and Europe.”
He added: “UAE ports boast of modern equipment and exceptional shipping and unloading capabilities, enabling the country to acquire the largest share of the total volume of container and cargo handling in the region, at 60 percent.
“This effectively positions the country as a global maritime trading centre…[and] a global model for other countries looking to develop and enhance their seaport operations.”
Members will be elected at the IMO’s 30th ordinary general meeting between November 24 and December 5.
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