Port Wings News Network:
India has placed its bid for a re-election to the Council of the IMO in Category-B representing the developing countries and countries with the largest interests in international sea borne trade.
Addressing the gathering in London on 28 November 2017, Mr Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said, “India is committed to contribute to various efforts & initiatives of the IMO for a safe, efficient, clean and secure maritime transportation for the benefit of mankind.”
Mr Gadkari stated: “India is hereby putting forward her candidature for a re-election to the Council of the IMO in Category-B representing the developing countries and countries with the largest interests in international sea borne trade. In the event of India being re-elected, it would rededicate herself, with renewed commitment towards the development of the objectives of IMO, and leverage the opportunity to further strengthen the implementation of the IMO instruments, for the accelerated & sustained growth of the global maritime community.”
While congratulating the new President and his team on their election, Mr Gadkari said, “It is indeed an honour and privilege to stand here today to share with this distinguished audience regarding our maritime heritage and the initiatives taken by our Government in the maritime sphere.”
Mr Gadkari stated: “India’s ancient trade and cultural ties with Mesopotamia, Mediterranean rim countries; South East Asia, China, Middle East and Africa are testimonial to our rich maritime heritage. India has a large coastline of 7500 Kms., inland waterways of 20,000 Kms., over 200 major and minor ports and increasing ship building, ship repair and ship recycling facilities.”
“India is also strategically located in the corridor through which substantial part of the east-west seaborne traffic flows. India has about one thousand four hundred vessels with Gross Tonnage of about 12.2 million. In addition, India has a large number of inland and near-coastal vessels. Nearly 90% of India’s overseas trade by volume is carried through ships of which 92% is carried by foreign flag vessels,” he added.
Mr Gadkari stated: “India has benefitted immensely from the free and frank deliberations and exchange of ideas in IMO. As we expand our maritime activities, the guidance of IMO will become even more valuable. India has been one of the founder members of IMO and has been part of the IMO Council since then, except in 1983-84. In Category B of the Council, India represents the developing world and the nations with the largest share in international sea borne trade.”
“Dr.C.P. Srivastava, IMOs longest serving Secretary General from 1974 to 1989 remains the most important face of India’s commitment to the IMO’s activities. His contribution in establishing World Maritime University, Sweden, International Maritime Academy, Italy, and International Maritime Law Institute, Malta will always be remembered,” he added.