The development of maritime industry in the African region has created a vast amount of economic value to the region through the promotion and development of all maritime and satellite Communication Services. The Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, warmly welcomed the heads of diplomatic missions from the African States at the IMSO annual luncheon briefing. The briefing is an important event which aimed to strengthen IMSO’s cooperation with African States and institutions, which have also been a cornerstone for IMSO to discuss and promote matters of mutual relationship between IMSO and African Member States and non-member States.
The luncheon briefing was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions and representatives for Angola, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, Namibia, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.
Captain Ahmed continues the tradition of hosting the ambassadors and believes that the African Member and non-member States represent a vital and powerful group in the region. In his presentation, he further elaborated on the IMSO’s key priorities and future business plan in respect of oversight function that IMSO plays in relation to the public satellite safety and security services by mobile satellite communication systems, Inmarsat in particular, and with other providers who may 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, Sea Earth Station (SES) agreement. Also discussed was 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 matters.
Dana Jongens, Safety Services Manager for Inmarsat, delivered a presentation providing insightful information on the future of satellite industry and their commitment toward saving life of all seafarers. She also provided information in relation to 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 missions were given the opportunity to visit Inmarsat’s Network Operations and Satellite Control Centre, where they had the privilege to see different satellite antenna and communication equipment used in the maritime and aviation communication, as well as networks management and control.
All delegates were fascinated by the unique outlook of IMSO in serving matters of maritime safety and commended Captain Ahmed for the unifying role he has played in the African 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 their presentation. The head of diplomatic missions and IMSO Director General were looking forward to strengthening the working relationship and were fervent about the continued cooperation between African Member States and IMSO.