Indonesia intends to maintain its membership in the International Maritime Organization (IMO)`s executive board at the organization`s 26th meeting in London.
Indonesia intends to maintain its membership in the International Maritime Organization (IMO)`s executive board at the organization`s 26th meeting in London on November 23-December 4, a minister said. Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said here on Thursday "We will mobilize support from a number of countries ahead of the meeting. This is important because it has to do with the issue of the Indonesian region and aspects of shipping safety in the country," he told newsmen.
Freddy said his side was ready to maintain the country`s membership in IMO`s executive board but it would also take account of the situation at the meeting.
The initial target right now is maintaining the country`s membership in Category C which groups 20 countries that hold special rights in shipping and navigation and reflect geographically fair representation. "That is the target for the time being," he said.
The director general of sea transportation, Sunaryo, meanwhile said on a separate occasion that his side would closely monitor the convention that would bind the shipping world.
In view of that, he said, the government must be careful when it would make ratifications at the convention.
"When making ratifications they must not only think of their right but also their obligation. In essence there must be a balance between right and obligation," he said.
He also said that to ratify was a must but selection must be done regarding what had to be ratified.
Regarding targets Sunaryo said it would depend upon the situation at the meeting in London later.
"Efforts have been made and so we just have to wait for the results," he said without elaborating.
According to the provisions, in order to be able to become an IMO board member a country has to get support from half plus one of the number of IMO membership or minimally 84 of 167 members of IMO.
In the election of the IMO board membership of Category C for the 2007-2009 period Indonesia ran and won the post collecting 114 votes from 145 countries.