MAP - Saturday, November 30th 2019

Morocco Re-elected to International Maritime Organization Council

London - Morocco has been re-elected for a new term 2020-2021 as a member of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), following the elections held Friday as part of the 31st Ordinary Session of the IMO Assembly, which is being held from 25 November to 4 December in London. Morocco, which was competing with 24 other countries for the 20 vacant seats on the council, won 131 votes.

The re-election of Morocco for the fifth consecutive time to the IMO Council reflects the recognition by the international maritime community of the important role of Morocco as a maritime country and its strategic vision in the fields of maritime security and safety and prevention of marine pollution. The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.

The newly elected Council will meet, following the conclusion of the 31st Assembly, for its 123rd session (on 5 December) and will elect its Chair and Vice-Chair for the next biennium. The 31st Assembly of the IMO is meeting in London at IMO Headquarters from 25 November to 4 December 2019. All 174 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO's highest governing body.

The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization's 40-Member Council.