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-Generals 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.