The program of the candidate
International Maritime Organization is the global technical institution aimed to regulate international shipping. IMO has a full set of instruments for both developing and properly implementing the mandatory regulations. IMO provides a forum for developing regulations.
Main principles of IMO activities:
- IMO is a member driven organization;
- Involvement of all stakeholders/interested parties in all aspects of IMO activity;
- Global and universal approach to regulatory work and implementation process;
- Technical guidance of development and implementation of requirements;
- Transparency of activities;
- Assessment of effectiveness of activities;
- Maintaining balance between safety, environment protection, social (human) aspects and possibilities of the shipping industry;
- Efficiency of shipping.
Role of the IMO Secretariat:
- Technical support for meetings;
- Providing legal advice on the regulatory developments;
- Providing (organizing) technical expertise on the regulations under development;
- Promoting intergovernmental cooperation and communication within the IMO mandate;
- Maintaining dialogue with the maritime industry;
- Supporting interagency cooperation and communication.
Secretary-General’s points of focus for the nearest future:
- Completing reforms initiated by the incumbent SG;
- Keeping adequate budget of the Organization;
- Maintaining the adequate composition and ability of the Secretariat staff;
- Proper and effective implementation of IMO Member States Audit Scheme as well as other new requirements in which the Secretariat is directly involved;
- Improving reporting scheme including electronic means;
- Collection of data on mandatory requirements implementation by Member States, and difficulties faced.
Areas of potential improvement of the Secretariat activities:
- Closer attention to regulation implementation by Member States via more effective technical support from the Organization;
- More effective use of Technical Cooperation programs, reorganizing TC scheme and TC strategy, providing more specific support to Member States encountering implementation difficulties;
- More effective use of the Secretariat staff and resources, documenting duties and responsibilities of every staff member and every Secretariat division;
- Introduction of a Quality Management System in the Secretariat;
- Development and implementation of the Secretariat program/schedule of proactive communication with every Member State focusing on developing countries, maintaining up-to-date communication channels between the Secretariat and every Member State;
- Introduction of an assessment scheme for the regulative effect of regulations, both under development and existing;
- A broader use of risk based approach to the various IMO activities;
- Initiate a comprehensive review of the existing regulations to provide more flexibility to the industry while maintaining the equivalent or higher level of safety.