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Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco Appointed as IMO Secretary-General

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The newly appointed Secretary-General pledged to lead an IMO dedicated to change, diversity, inclusion, and transparency, focusing on the well-being of the IMO Secretariat, seafarers, and the younger generations.

London : In a historic decision, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco as the next Secretary-General. The decision, originally made at the 129th session of the Council, solidifies Mr. Dominguez Velasco’s position as the 10th elected Secretary-General of the IMO, with his term commencing on January 1, 2024, and spanning until December 31, 2027.

Outgoing Secretary-General, Mr. Kitack Lim, extended his congratulations, expressing confidence in Mr. Dominguez Velasco’s ability to lead the Secretariat effectively. Mr. Lim pledged his support for a seamless transition and handed over a comprehensive briefing paper to assist the incoming Secretary-General in preparing for his role.

Addressing the Assembly, Mr. Dominguez Velasco articulated his commitment to building on the accomplishments of his predecessors. He emphasized the IMO’s role in addressing crucial maritime issues, from safety to decarbonization, digitalization, and the human element. The newly appointed Secretary-General pledged to lead an IMO dedicated to change, diversity, inclusion, and transparency, focusing on the well-being of the IMO Secretariat, seafarers, and the younger generations.

“I want to reiterate how much I’m looking forward to leading IMO, to continue working with all of you, an extraordinary group of people who have demonstrated time and time again that we can deliver,” said Mr. Dominguez Velasco.

He acknowledged the importance of embracing change and concluded, “I’m very lucky to start with an already great team of professionals in the Secretariat who also want what is best for the Member States and all our stakeholders.”

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