IMO Inks Partnership Agreement With Commonwealth Secretariat For Maritime Development


  • The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a partnership agreement with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
  • Both the organizations commit to strengthening the maritime and port sectors in selected developing countries.
  • They will promote and facilitate the adoption of sustainable maritime transport systems and practices.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday (29 September) by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC. Commonwealth countries who are Member States of IMO will benefit from joint capacity-building activities between the two intergovernmental organizations.

Synergizing Activities

Under the agreement, IMO and the Commonwealth Secretariat intend to work together to support:  

  • knowledge sharing
  • intergovernmental cooperation
  • capacity-building 
  • joint resource mobilization.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “IMO is pleased to partner with the Commonwealth Secretariat to boost sustainable maritime transport.  The maritime sector binds us all together and this agreement will help us target countries with additional support to ensure that shipping is greener and more resilient, supporting employment and driving forward the blue economy across nations.”  

Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC said, “Our ocean drives economic activity, connecting us all and carrying 80% of global trade, by volume, through maritime transport. The provision of safe, secure shipping on cleaner seas has never been of greater importance than it is now…”. The Commonwealth covers more than a third of the ocean under national jurisdiction, so we are excited to join hands with the IMO to advance the prospects for a sustainable global blue economy.

Probing Deeper

The MoU was signed at IMO headquarters in London, United Kingdom, during the IMO-UNEP-Norway Innovation Forum 2022. The Innovation Forum is a two-day hybrid global platform aimed at championing innovation to accelerate the transition of the marine sector towards a zero- and low-emission future. The Forum is linked to the IMO World Maritime Day theme 2022 “New Technologies for Greener Shipping”, with a special emphasis on inclusive innovation for decarbonization of the maritime sector. IMO is the United Nations maritime agency which sets global standards for safe, secure, efficient and environment-friendly international shipping. The Commonwealth Secretariat is the intergovernmental organization which coordinates and carries out much of the Commonwealth’s work to promote good governance, multilateral cooperation and sustainable development. 

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Source: IMO



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