LONDON: Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi along with members of the Pakistan delegation to the International Maritime Organization Assembly met MP Robert Courts, the UK Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security and Civil Contingencies in London on Wednesday (8th December).
Matters of mutual interest pertaining to maritime affairs including development and maintenance of port infrastructure, processing of visas for seafarers, capacity building in maritime matters and collaboration among maritime academies of the two countries came under discussion.
The two sides also discussed cooperation within the framework of IMO. International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for harmonizing rules and advancing cooperation among Member States on maritime issues. Pakistan has been an active member of the Organization since 1958.
Minister Ali Zaidi is leading the Pakistan delegation at the 32nd Session of the IMO Assembly, the Organization’s highest decision-making body being held in London from 6 –15 December 2021.
Meeting with Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong
Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi met the head of the Malaysian delegation and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London today.
The two Ministers discussed cooperation between Pakistan and Malaysia in maritime affairs both bilaterally and within the ambit of the IMO.
Minister Ali Haider Zaidi apprised the Malaysian Minister of the initiatives being taken by Pakistan in the maritime field, including for promotion of clean and green shipping. Dr. Siong briefed the Pakistan delegation about Malaysia’s progress in the domain. The two leaders discussed inter alia, cooperation in the domains of maintenance of ports, regional and trans-shipment matters and capacity building in the field of maritime.
International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and address pollution from ships. It currently has 175 members. With the bulk of its trade being conducted through the sea, Pakistan has been an active member of the Organization since 1958.