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New IMO Sec-Gen Visiting Manila

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 | 16:30
The newly elected Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Koji Semikizu, will visit the Philippines on February 7-9, 2012. It will be his first official visit to a member state after assuming office on January 2, 2012.
This is indicative of the high regard and importance that the IMO has given to the Philippines’ stature as a maritime country and a primary source of able and qualified seafarers.
During the said visit, the Secretary General will have a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III upon arrival and will likewise make courtesy calls on the Secretaries of Transportation & Communications and Labor & Employment. He will also visit a maritime school and a training center.
On February 8, 2012, the Secretary General will be the Guest of Honor at a Lunch Forum to be hosted by the Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) together with the Joint Manning Group (JMG) composed of various maritime associations and organizations in the Philippines. The forum will be attended by the stakeholders from the different sectors of the Philippines’ overseas maritime industries.
Topics to be discussed by the Secretary General are the STCW Manila Amendments, piracy and the importance of the Filipino seafarer to the world’s merchant fleet and likewise discuss the EMSA report on the Philippines’ compliance with STCW requirements.
Source: Manila Bulletin
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