CAIRO: Egypt has restored its membership of the executive board of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for 2016-2017, Youm7 reported Friday.
Egypt has garnered 140, out of 154 votes and came in the seventh place after Singapore, Turkey, Malta, Australia, Cyprus and Peru. The elections were held on the sidelines of the 29th session of the IMO General Assembly held in London Friday.
Other 13 countries including Kenya, Indonesia and Liberia were also elected as members of the IMO executive board.
The 20-member board is tasked with supervising the work of the organization and performing all the functions of the Assembly, except for that of making recommendations on maritime safety and pollution prevention.
“Egypt’s membership in the IMO executive council is crucial because it supports its role in the shipping industry,” Egypt’s Transport Minister Saad al-Geoushy said Wednesday.
Egypt has signed a deal IMO to boost technical cooperation and relations between the UN agency and Egypt in the coming period, Geoushy said Wednesday.