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Asian countries elected to new IMO Council

London: The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the members of its Council for the 2008-2009 biennium at the 25th session of the IMO Assembly currently underway at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation, were amongst the 10 countries that were elected to category 'a' - "states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services". The other countries to be elected to this category were Greece, Italy, Norway, Panama, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Bangladesh, and India were elected under category 'b' - "10 other states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade", along with Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

Additionally, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Thailand were elected under category 'c' of the Council membership process as  additional "states not elected under 'a' or 'b' above which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation, and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world." Bahamas, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Jamaica, Kenya, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey were also elected to the council in this category.

The Council is the executive organ of IMO and is responsible, under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the Organization. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except that of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention.  [26/11/07]

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