Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category C of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council last Thursday (February 2).
The IMO Council comprises three groups of states, designated as Categories A, B and C. Category C is open to 20 states that have special interests in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.
As an island nation, Jamaica depends on the maritime industry to support jobs and to import foods and goods. The country seeks to be a viable maritime hub that would attract more shipping and allied services and help grow the economy.
Caption: Jamaica launched its bid for the IMO Council. (Photo Credit: Maritime Authority of Jamaica)