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 and reach 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 Scheme
The overall objective of the IMO Regional Presence Scheme 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, Regional Maritime Adviser and Technical Cooperation Officer
Today IMO has four Regional Coordinators based in: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for west and central Africa (Francophone); Accra, Ghana for west and central Africa (Anglophone); Nairobi, Kenya for eastern and southern Africa; and Manila, the Philippines for East Asia; one Regional Maritime Adviser based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, for the Caribbean. IMO also funds one Technical Cooperation Officer within the Pacific Community (SPC), based in Suva, Fiji.
Scope of duties of the Regional Coordinators, Regional Maritime Adviser and Technical Cooperation Officer
The Regional Coordinators, Regional Maritime Adviser and Technical Cooperation Officer 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 United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in collaboration with the United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) and coordinated by the Resident Coordinators' offices;
- participate in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) meetings in the respective host countries of the IMO Regional Presence Offices (RPOs).
- promote the alignment and linkage betweeen the ITCP and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provide quality support to Member States in their aspiration to achieve the 2030 Agenda 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.