The overall objective of the IMO Regional Presence is to establish a modest presence in selected developing regions, thereby facilitating IMO's input into national and regional development policies and providing active field-level participation in the development, execution and coordination of the delivery of IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).
Regional Coordinators and the Regional Maritime Adviser
In 1999, IMO established the first regional presence in Kenya followed by Ghana. In the year 2000, IMO took on the responsibility of the Regional Maritime Adviser for the Caribbean, a position in existence since 1986. IMO extended its regional presence to another two offices in other regions of the developing world- one in Côte d’Ivoire (2000) and the other in the Philippines (2003). Therefore, IMO has now one Regional Maritime Adviser for the Caribbean, based in Trinidad and Tobago, and four Regional Coordinators based in: Côte d’Ivoire for West and Central Africa (Francophone), Ghana for West and Central Africa (Anglophone), Kenya for Eastern and Southern Africa and the Philippines for East Asia.
Scope of duties of the Regional Coordinators and the Regional Maritime Adviser
The Regional Coordinators and the Regional Maritime Adviser are required to fulfil the following main duties and responsibilities:
- identify maritime needs and priorities in conjunction with relevant countries, institutions or networks for subsequent review and consideration by IMO Headquarters for integration into the ITCP;
- plan, coordinate and ensure the delivery of IMO technical assistance activities in their respective subregions;
- cooperate in capacity building programmes so as to achieve national/subregional execution of projects in the maritime sector;
- promote IMO's technical competence, experience and comparative advantage during the formulation of the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) sponsored by UNDP and other bilateral and multi-lateral donors;
- promote the linkage betweeen the ITCP and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in their respective subregions;
- assist in identifying potential funding sources at national, bilateral and multilateral levels;
- identify, establish and maintain partnerships with governmental and non-governmental institutions, civil societies and the private sector in their respective subregions that deal with IMO and other maritime matters;
- implement ITCP activities for the their respective subregions assigned by IMO Headquarters; and
- represent IMO at national and regional meetings as and when required by IMO Headquarters.