The 31st General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been held since Monday in London.

The work that will continue until December 4 will clarify the vital role that the maritime sector plays for sustainable development. Togo actively takes part in this meeting. The country of Faure Gnassingbé presented the measures it has taken to secure its maritime space.

More than 1,700 delegates representing IMO Member States, as well as international governmental and non-governmental organizations participate in the work. Togo is very present at this meeting.

His delegation is made up of agents from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the Directorate of Maritime Affairs, the High Council for the Sea, agents from the private port sector and civil society. Tuesday, the Head of Delegation, Michel Tindano, also Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport presented the General Declaration of Togo.

There was talk of briefing IMO officials on the country’s efforts to comply with international shipping regulations. IMO is concerned about the safety of shipping and that of seafarers, as well as seafarers’ rights, including fair treatment in the event of a maritime accident. Progress has been made in Togo in recent years.

The country has set up an Organization for the Action of the State at Sea (ONAEM) which includes the High Council for the Sea (HCM), the services of the Councilor for the Sea and the Maritime Prefecture.