Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco from Panama was elected as the next secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Tuesday during the 129th session of the organization’s Council in London.

Dominguez will serve a four-year term from Jan. 1, 2024, succeeding to Kitack Lim from South Korea, the incumbent IMO secretary-general, who is scheduled to leave the post on the previous day. He was elected from seven candidates from Bangladesh, China, Dominica, Finland, Kenya, Panama and Turkey in a secret ballot of the 40 member states of the IMO Council. Before joining the IMO in 2017, Dominguez represented his country in the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPCF) and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO). He now chairs the IMO’s Committee for the Protection of Marine Environment (MEPC).




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