Kenya has been elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization under category C. The category is reserved for 20-member states with special interests in maritime transport or navigation in a council with Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and Liberia as the only other African member states.
The Kenyan delegation was led by Nancy Karigithu, Principal Secretary for Maritime & Shipping Affairs and Amb. Lazarus Amayo, Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to IMO.
The election of Kenya into the Council is a significant step seeing as 90% of Kenya’s foreign trade is dependent on maritime transport which is the right at the core of the country’s economy. Moreover, the inclusion of Kenya is very important to the entire eastern seaboard and by extension the entire Indian ocean coastline.
Kenya has also been a force to reckon with in Africa and the entire Indian sea line seeing as since its involvement of KDF since 2011 has reduced the number of piracy cases along the coastline to zero.
The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, with global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.