IMO informed that it has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Chile, to extend Chile’s technical assistance to countries in the Caribbean region, in addition to Latin America.
The MoU on Technical Cooperation, signed by the Directorate General of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (DIRECTEMAR) of the Republic of Chile, replaces earlier MoUs, which were signed in 2002 and 2005 and strengthens the cooperation between IMO and DIRECTEMAR for providing technical assistance in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region.
This will support the provision of experts to deliver training in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Examples of IMO training supported by DIRECTEMAR regard:
- The provisions of expert for a needs assessment mission in Colombia for the effective implementation of its search and rescue plan (April 2019);
- A regional workshop to raise awareness of the UN 2030 Agenda and ensure that the maritime sector is fully integrated into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which is the main platform for the collaboration of the UN system at country level (Chile, October 2018);
- The provision of an expert for the delivery of a regional workshop on the general principles of drafting maritime legislation to implement IMO Conventions, to be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador (5-9 August 2019);
- A planned workshop on the ratification and implementation of IMO’s air pollution and energy efficiency regulations (MARPOL Annex VI), to be held in Viña del Mar, Chile (30 September-2 October 2019).
The new MoU with DIRECTEMAR will also help ensure that additional similar activities are supported in the Caribbean, as well as in Latin America.