African Maritime Journalists Association gets IMO support

African Maritime Journalists Association gets IMO support

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:40 pm

Sesan Onilemo

Sesan Onilemo

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Media Office has welcomed the establishment of the African Maritime Journalists Association (AMJA), with a pledge to collaborate with the new association to advance the fortune of the maritime industry in Africa.

IMO’s Media and Communications Officer, Natasha Brown, in a congratulatory message, thanked the promoters of the AMJA for bringing its formation to the attention of the global maritime agency.

She assured that her office would endeavour to keep the association and its members, abreast of news and information related to IMO activities.

According to her, “please let me know the best way for IMO can provide information to the journalists and how we can help in ensuring you have the latest news from IMO. We are happy to add individual emails to our press briefing list, so they receive our press briefings in their inboxes”, she added.

The IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. The organization provides technical assistance to developing countries in maritime matters, among its other responsibilities.

Meanwhile, the Association has equally been commended by two leading maritime institutions in the continent. Messages of commendation were received from Mrs. Mfon Ekong Usoro, Secretary General of the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU) and Ms. Funmi Folorunso, Secretary General of the African Ship-owners’ Associations.

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