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Ambassador Zheng Zeguang Meets IMO Secretary-General Kitach Lim
2023-04-16 22:00

On 14 April, H.E. Ambassador Zheng Zeguang visited the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at invitation and met with Secretary-General of the IMO Kitach Lim.

Ambassador Zheng said, China appreciates the IMO and Secretary-General Lim’s effective work in recent years to promote the sound and sustainable development of the global shipping industry as well as the maritime capacity building of IMO Member States. 2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of China’s IMO membership. As one of the world’s largest countries of shipping, ship-building and seafarers, China has deepened and broadened its participation in the work of the IMO and become integrated in global maritime governance in an all-round way. China has been an active participant in and an important contributor to IMO affairs and has benefited in a comprehensive way in this process. China stands ready, as always, to support the IMO and its Secretariat in furthering international maritime cooperation and to contribute its share to the sustainable development of the global shipping industry and the building of a maritime community with a shared future.

Mr Lim congratulated China on the 50th anniversary of the restoration of its IMO membership and applauded the achievements China has made in its participation in global maritime governance and promotion of the shipping industry and its contributions in this regard. He thanked China for supporting the work of the IMO Secretariat and said that China has been playing a more and more crucial role in the important issues of common concern to the international shipping community, such as negotiations on maritime greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The IMO Secretariat values and expects to maintain close cooperation with China.

Minister Counsellor Wang Qi and Counsellor Zhang Hongbin from the Chinese Embassy, and Director for Technical Cooperation Division Zhang Xiaojie and Director for Administrative Division and Chief of Staff Azara Prempeh from the IMO were present at the meeting.

The IMO, headquartered in London, is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for global shipping, with a total of 175 Member States and 3 Associated Members. China restored its legitimate seat of the IMO in March 1973 and has been a Category A member of the IMO Council for 17 consecutive terms since 1989.

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