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Courtesy Call on H.E. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Photo by Lee Adamson

H.E. Mr. Paul Farquharson, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative to the IMO, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of the IMO, on Monday 14 February 2011. The High Commissioner was accompanied by Commodore Davy Rolle, Director & CEO, of The Bahamas Maritime Authority who presented the Secretary-General with The Bahamas' assessed contribution to the IMO for 2011. As the fourth largest ship register in the world, The Bahamas' annual assessed contribution is in excess of 1,000,000 (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 IMO event to launch the 'Action Plan against Piracy' under the distinguished patronage of Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations earlier in the month and congratulated the Secretary-General on his successful terms in Office, which he will be demitting at the end of 2011. 

The High Commissioner also took the opportunity to announce to the Secretary-General the intention of The Bahamas to seek re-election to the IMO Council under Category "C" at the upcoming 27th Regular Session of the IMO Assembly in November 2011 in London.

An Aide Memoire on The Bahamas' candidature may be downloaded here.

Photo Caption:

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