Egypt wins IMO Executive Membership
Published 2015-11-29 08:43:06| Amwal Al Ghad English
Egypt won the Executive Board membership in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for 2016 and 2017 during the elections on Friday at the organisation’s headquarters in London. Transport Minister Saad El-Geioushy, who heads the Egyptian delegation in London, said Egypt’s IMO membership will have an influential role in the shipping industry. Egypt received 130 votes out of a total of 154 votes where it occupied seventh place after Singapore, Turkey, Malta, Cyprus, Australia, and Peru. Other countries that won membership include Indonesia, South Africa, Morocco, Denmark, Chile, Bahamas, Belgium, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, Liberia, and Thailand. Egypt’s ambassador to Britain Nasser Kamel, who is also a Permanent Representative of Egypt in IMO, said after the great victory Egypt achieved last month in the elections of the non-permanent membership of the Security Council, it succeeded Friday in restoring its seat on the Executive Board of IMO.
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