Today the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) took the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Delegation of Antigua and Barbuda, led by His Excellency Mr. Everly Paul Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade. The meeting gave the IMSO Director General, Captain Moin Ahmed an opportunity to promote the work of IMSO and together discuss the areas in which IMSO and Antigua and Barbuda could collaborate for their mutual benefit.
Also, in attendance was His Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Dwight C. Gardiner, permanent representative, who himself has played a significant role in the Organization in particular, during his time chairing the IMSO Advisory Committee in 2019 and 2020.
In the meeting, delivered a presentation to the representatives on IMSO’s role as a global oversight body of certain distress and safety satellite communication services and as the Global Coordinator the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of ships (LRIT) system, with a particular focus on how this supports the safety of life at sea for Antigua and Barbuda and beyond.
Furthermore, the Director General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Immigration and Trade discussed matters around the 2008 Amendments to the IMSO Convention and Antigua and Barbuda’s potential acceptance of this important instrument. The SES agreement was also discussed regarding Antigua and Barbuda’s position given the upcoming SES Conference in 2022.
Both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and IMSO Director General look forward to working closely together and were enthusiastic about the continued cooperation between Antigua and Barbuda and IMSO and the vital discussions held to promote such collaboration.