To address the human resources capacity-building issue, the region has, with IMO’s support, put in place a maritime training network which provides basic training, as specified in the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended. The region has some 87 maritime training centres located in 11 countries, all of which are Parties to the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended. These centres provide training facilities for seafarers from around the world. Thus, the region is a key labour supplier for the world fleet.
Partnerships with regional and/or national institutions
Pursuant to Assembly resolution A.965(23) entitled “Development and improvement of partnership arrangements for technical co-operation”, which recognizes that technical co-operation is an essential part of the Organization’s work to achieve the ratification and implementation of IMO’s global standards, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution. The MoU increases mutual support for several environmental aspects of shipping, including oil pollution preparedness, ballast water management and dumping of waste at sea.
The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) in close co-operation with IMO assisted in drafting National Contingency Plans for several developing countries in the region. The Mediterranean Trust Fund and REMPEC have also provided financial support for the delivery of some ITCP activities.
These partnerships have not only provided valuable support for the delivery of ITCP activities, but also have promoted its effectiveness as they have increased general awareness of the IMO mandate and the ITCP, the ownership of the IMO technical assistance programmes by developing countries from the CIS and Eastern Europe region and the synergies between the capacity-building programmes of recipient and donor countries.