Matters regarding the international shipping industry and the bilateral collaboration between Greece and the United Kingdom in shipping ahead of Brexit are expected to dominate meetings to be held by the Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy Yiannis Plakiotakis in London on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Plakiotakis met with the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation, Kitack Lim. The Minister stressed the Greek priorities regarding all major issues facing the IMO. Greece plays a leading role in the organisation as the leading maritime nation in the world.
Mr Plakiotakis emphasised four crucial issues:
1. The promotion and further enhancement of the role of IMO towards a comprehensive regulation of international maritime issues in relation tο the International Maritime Day 2020 “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet.”
2. Τhe effective implementation of the international conventions of the Organisation, as a prerequisite for the promotion of quality in shipping.
3. Τhe control system of the member states of IMO, with view to ensuring equal terms of engaging in the international shipping for all Flag States.
4. Τhe strengthening of the representation and the promotion of Greek priorities in the various institutions as well as other initiatives of IMO
On Wednesday, he met with Deputy Transport Minister of the UK responsible for Shipping issues Nusrat Ghani. Mr Plakiotakis emphasised Greece’s priority that the two countries maintain open maritime markets, regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Bilateral relations between the UK and Greece in shipping, naval education and the prospect of mutual recognition of naval ability certificates we also among the issues discussed.
Additionally, cooperation between the two countries in the context of the elections for a new IMO board and the new investment opportunities opening up in Greece’s ports sector was also examined.