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The Liberia Permanent Mission to the International Maritime Organisation

The Permanent Mission of Liberia to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) represents the Government of Liberia at IMO. It is the policy link between the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), the statutory arm of the Government of Liberia on all matters of maritime and the IMO. The Permanent Mission conveys and articulates Liberia Government policy positions on regulatory proposals during IMO meetings and conversely relays key elements of adopted regulations by the IMO back to LiMA to be domesticated into the country’s laws and implemented within Liberia territorial waters and globally, including aboard Liberia flag vessels.

The Permanent Mission performs its mandate through strategic outreaches, including attending diplomatic conferences, engagements and actively participating in the Committees and Subcommittee meetings of IMO. It also ensures Liberia receives necessary technical assistance from the Technical Cooperation Division of IMO and other maritime administrations to build the needed national capacity to implement IMO’s instruments. Further, it pursues one of the Permanent Mission’s core mandates by ensuring Liberia is always elected to the 40 Members Council of IMO to reflect the country’s standing in global shipping as the number one open registry. In this regard, the Permanent Mission spearheads Liberia’s campaign during IMO Assembly biannually to elect members of the Council.

The Permanent Mission is headed by a Permanent Representative who is deputized by an Alternate Permanent Representative considering the technical nature of IMO as the specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollutions by ships.

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