Bangladesh has nominated Moin Uddin Ahmed as a candidate for the post of Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The election will take place at IMO Headquarters on July 18, according to the IMO.
Following the election in July 2023, the decision of the Council will be submitted to the 33rd session of the Assembly of IMO in late 2023.
The Assembly will be invited to approve the appointment, and the elected Secretary-General will take office on January 1, 2024.
Seven IMO Member States have each nominated a candidate for the post of Secretary-General of IMO.
The term of the incumbent Secretary-General, Kitack Lim of the Republic of Korea, expires on Decem-ber 31, 2023.
The nominations received by the deadline set for receipt of nominations – March 31, 2023 – are listed below in alphabetical order by candidates’ names:
Moin Uddin Ahmed (Bangladesh), Suat Hayri Aka (Türkiye), Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco (Panama), Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (Dominica), Nancy Karigithu (Kenya), Minna Kivimäki (Fin-land) and Zhang Xiaojie (China).
The IMO Council at its 128th session (December 2022) approved the procedures for holding the election of the Secretary-General in July 2023 session of the Council.
Meanwhile, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam is scheduled to brief diplomats today (Thursday) seeking support in favor of Bangladesh’s candidature, a Foreign Ministry source said.
Diplomats from two dozen countries have been invited to attend the briefing.
Moin Uddin Ahmed was elected as the Director-General of International Maritime Satellite Organization (IMSO) in their 25th assembly session.
He was first elected as the Director General in November of 2014 and commenced his position in April 2015.
He was a Senior Technical Officer in IMO Maritime Safety Division, before his nomination as the Di-rector general of IMSO in 2014.