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Ambassador Fu Ying Called on Secretary-general of International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Ambassador Fu Ying called on Secretary-general of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos on 31 May 2007.


Mr. Mitropoulos welcomed Fu Ying to assume office, expressed gratefulness for Chinese government's long-term support to IMO and himself and appreciated the important and active role of Chinese government played in various fields. He pointed out that IMO has maintained long-term cooperation with the Chinese government, with the development of shipbuilding capacity and ships availability, China would play a more important role in IMO affairs. He hoped that the Chinese Embassy in the UK will give impetus to the all-round maritime cooperation between IMO and Chinese government.



Fu Ying noted that as the power of shipping, shipbuilding, seamen and ports, China would strengthen the cooperation with IMO Member States, support the work of IMO and Secretary-general so as to contribute to achieving IMO's goal of "Safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans".


In addition, Fu Ying exchanged opinions with Mr. Mitropoulos on IMO's African maritime capacity-building projects, 25th Assembly of IMO which will be held at the year-end, Council member election, navigation safety at Singapore Strait and Strait of Malacca, Convention on Safety of Fishing Vessels, Convention on Training for Fishing Vessels' Seafarers and opening ceremony of IMO's office building after decoration, etc.


IMO is a specialized agency of United Nations in charges of international maritime safety and security, prevention the ships from marine pollution with 167 Member States and 3 Associate Members. Its headquarter is based in London.


China has been one of Category A members of IMO Council since 1989. IMO has drawn up nearly 40 international inter-governmental maritime treaties so far, including the most famous International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) in response to the Titanic disaster.