Today, the Director General of IMSO Captain Moin Ahmed welcomed the delegation of the Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar to the United Kingdom, led by Mr. Tojonirina Ramarolahy, First Counsellor and Charge d’Affairs A.I. Mr. Ramarolahy and Mrs. Anjaniaina Olivia Rakotonirina, Counsellor of the Embassy of Madagascar attended the meeting.
IMSO Technical Officer Mr. Pier Taranti gave a presentation to the delegation on the Organization’s role as a global oversight body of certain satellite communications systems used for safety and security, and as the global Coordinator for the Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) system. As the Republic of Madagascar is not currently a member of IMSO, the visit particularly revolved around the Organization’s mandate, how the work of the Organization benefits countries globally, and the Madagascar’s interests can be protected by having their voice heard on these issues in the IMSO stage.
After the presentation, the Director General made special mention to the importance of LRIT implementation by Madagascar as a State Party to SOLAS Convention, as well as audit fees being the lowest ever. It is therefore, expected that this reduction in fees will help to reduce the financial burden of LRIT on states such as the Republic of Madagascar. Becoming part of the LRIT system would give the Republic of Madagascar access to core safety and security measures off their coastline and beyond, and further help strengthen the system.
IMSO hopes that the Republic of Madagascar will become a member of the Organization and join the LRIT system. Moreover, IMSO looks forward to this opportunity to extend the cooperation between Madagascar and the Organization with both parties reiterating their commitment to develop this relationship and working towards more collaboration in the future.