IMO audit scheme receives financial boost
The practical implementation
of the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme has received a significant boost
in the form of a financial pledge from the Government of the United Kingdom.
The UK has offered a donation of £55,000 in this financial year towards
the cost of the Organization's technical co-operation activities designed to
help prepare developing countries participate in the Audit Scheme. The money
will be used to help support the regional training courses for auditors that
are due to be delivered in the early part of 2006.
In a letter
to IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, the UK Minister for Transport
Dr Stephen Ladyman pledged confirmed the UK's support for the scheme, which
is due to be formally adopted by the IMO Assembly when it meets for its 24th
session in November this year. He pledged that the United Kingdom would offer
itself for audit as soon as practicable and would publish the results, adding
that Member States that were able to should fund the cost of their own audit.
the UK Government for its staunch support for IMO's efforts in developing the
Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme, Mr Mitropoulos welcomed the UK's intention
to offer its maritime administration for audit as soon as practicable and expressed
the hope that the publishing of the audit results would be an example emulated
The Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme is intended to provide an audited
Member State with a comprehensive and objective assessment of how effectively
it administers and implements the key IMO technical treaties that are covered
by the Scheme.
It is expected that the scheme, once finalized and implemented, will bring about
many benefits, such as identifying where capacity-building activities (for example,
the provision of technical assistance by IMO to Member States) would have the
greatest effect and targeting the appropriate action would be greatly improved;
the Member States themselves would receive valuable feedback, intended to assist
them in improving their own capacity to put the applicable instruments into
practice; and generic lessons learnt from audits could be provided to all Member
States so that the benefits could be widely shared.
Moreover, the results of the learning experience could be systematically fed
back into the regulatory process at IMO to help make measurable improvements
in the effectiveness of the international regulatory framework of shipping.
with the development of the audit scheme goes the preparation of a Code for
the implementation of mandatory IMO instruments as well as the consideration
of human element issues.
The go-ahead to
develop the scheme was given by the IMO at its 23rd Assembly in November 2003
when it adopted resolution A.946(23) Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme.
The resolution approved the establishment and further development of the scheme,
to be implemented on a voluntary basis, and requested the IMO Council to develop,
as a matter of high priority, procedures and other modalities for the implementation
of the scheme.
The Audit Scheme and the Code have been been forwarded for formal adoption by
the IMO Assembly in November 2005.
39, 7 October 2005
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