A Message From IMO’s New Secretary-General


Mr. Kitack Lim, the new Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization​ beginning from 1 January 2016, laid out his priorities for his upcoming tenure.


Vision to Strengthen Partnerships –

  • Between developing and developed countries,
  • Between governments and industry,
  • Between IMO Member States and regions, and
  • Establish communication between the maritime industry and the general public.

Mr Lim Said :

I see IMO acting as a bridge between all these stakeholders in what I have referred to as “a voyage together”.

For my part, I plan to concentrate on several overarching objectives:

  • Effective implementation of international conventions and regulations
  • Building capacity in developing countries, particularly small island developing states and least developed countries
  • Promoting IMO’s global status
  • Contributing to shared growth for all Member States
  • The efficient performance of the Secretariat.

As the servant of the Member States and on behalf of the Secretariat, I will work proactively to ensure that, through consensus and cooperation among its Member States, IMO continues to develop and deliver on its mission.

Source: IMO