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Courtesy Call on Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Photo credit - Karine Langlois

H.E. Paul Farquharson, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative to the IMO, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the IMO, on Friday 24 February 2012. The High Commissioner was accompanied by Mr. Davy Rolle, Director & CEO, of The Bahamas Maritime Authority who presented the Secretary-General with The Bahamas' assessed contribution to the IMO for 2012. As the fourth largest ship register in the world, The Bahamas' annual assessed contribution is in excess of one million GBP Sterling making The Bahamas one of the largest contributors to the UN Organization.

The High Commissioner and Secretary-General spoke on a number of matters including the upcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) Meeting and The Bahamas' sponsored Green House Gas proposal paper, IMO Council Reform, the safety of passengers on ships.  H.E. Paul Farquharson also took this opportunity to welcome the Secretary-General to the post and wished him well for his term in Office, as Mr. Koji Sekimizu was elected Secretary-General of the Organization by the 106th session of the IMO Council in June 2011 for an initial four-year period beginning 1 January 2012. The election was endorsed by the IMO's Assembly at its 27th session in November 2011.

Photo Caption:

Mr. Michael Guy, Second Secretary and Vice Consul, H.E. Paul Farquharson, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative to the IMO, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the IMO and Mr. Davy Rolle, Director & CEO, Bahamas Maritime Authority.