The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, warmly welcomed the heads of diplomatic missions of the Latin American States at the IMSO annual luncheon briefing. The briefing aimed to strengthen IMSO’s relationship with the Latin American States and institutions, in which partnerships with allies have been the foundation for IMSO to further develop existing partnerships and, as well as establishing new fellowships, to discuss and promote matters of mutual relationship between IMSO and Latin American Member States and non-member States.
The luncheon briefing was attended by the head of diplomatic missions and representatives of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
As per the mandate of IMSO, Captain Ahmed continues to foster the tradition of hosting the ambassadors and actively provides discourse towards issues affecting the Latin American Member States in the Maritime and Communication arena. Addressing the head of diplomatic missions present at the briefing, Captain Ahmed elucidated IMSO’s key priorities and future business plan in regards to the oversight function and role IMSO plays in relation to the public satellite safety and security services by mobile satellite communication systems, Inmarsat, and with other providers who will be Global Maritime Distress and safety System (GMDSS) approved in the coming years; the coordination of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) System worldwide; membership issues and the Sea Earth Station (SES) agreement. Discussion also included the Acceptance of 2008 Amendments to IMSO convention, IMSO protocol on privileges and Immunities and its participation with other international and regional organisations that are involved in mobile and maritime communication arena.
Inmarsat made a presentation which provided insightful information on the future of satellite industry and their commitment toward saving the lives of all seafarers. They also issued information surrounding the technical and operational assessment of the Fleet Broadband Maritime Safety Data Service in the GMDSS, conducted by IMSO as the regulator. The head of diplomatic missions were then given the opportunity to visit Inmarsat’s Network Operations and Satellite Control Centre, where they had the privilege to observe different satellite antenna and communication equipment used in the maritime and aviation communication, networks management and control.
All delegates were captivated by the ingenuity and unique position of IMSO in serving matters of maritime safety and praised Captain Ahmed for the longstanding commitment he has displayed to the Latin American community and for his passion in serving the Organization and its Member States.
Captain Moin thanked all the delegates for honouring IMSO with their presence at such an important briefing and Inmarsat for sponsoring the lunch. The head of missions and IMSO Director General have looked forward to strengthening the cooperative relationship and were enthusiastic about the continued partnerships between Latin American Member, non- member States and IMSO.