The ITCP, underpinned by the technical cooperation mission objectives, is developed in response to the technical assistance needs of Member States. Methodical planning ensures the relevance, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency of the technical assistance provided. Through implementation of the ITCP, IMO addresses the objectives of strengthening regional maritime competencies and promotion of maritime development across the globe. The regional programmes provide a geographical framework for the delivery of technical assistance to the Member States.
The ITCP is divided into five regions for the purpose of programming technical assistance on the regional level. These regions are:
IMO Regional Presence
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
Today IMO has 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, and one Regional Maritime Adviser for the Caribbean, based in Trinidad and Tobago.
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;
- liaise with the relevant countries to ensure the completion and updating of the Country Maritime Profiles (CMPs);
- 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.