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The new IMO Secretary-General

IMO's council has just elected the new Secretary-General. The choice fell on Arsenio Antonio Dominguez from Panama.


In a landmark decision, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council has unanimously elected Mr. Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco of the Republic of Panama as the next Secretary-General.

Among a pool of seven highly qualified candidates, Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco was elected by IMO’s council for the prestigious position.

The seven nominees were Moin Uddin Ahmed of Bangladesh, Suat Hayri Aka of Turkey, Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco of Panama, Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry of Dominica, Nancy Karigithu of Kenya, Minna Kivimäki of Finland, and Zhang Xiaojie of China.

This significant appointment will see Mr. Dominguez Velasco assume office from January 1, 2024, for an initial four-year term.

The selection of Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco reflects the Council’s trust in his extensive experience, leadership qualities, and dedication to advancing maritime safety, security, and environmental protection on a global scale.

With a background as a naval architect, Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco brings valuable expertise to his new role. He has served as the director of the IMO’s marine environment division for a period exceeding six years. Additionally, his previous experience includes representing Panama at the IMO and working with Panama’s maritime authority.

As Secretary-General, Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the global maritime industry. With a focus on ensuring safe, secure, and environmentally sustainable shipping, he is expected to lead the IMO’s efforts in setting and implementing regulations and guidelines that promote best practices and address emerging challenges.

The MARPRO Group extends their warmest congratulations to Mr. Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco on his appointment as the next Secretary-General. With his impressive background and dedication to the maritime industry, we are confident that he will lead with excellence and contribute to the advancement of global maritime safety and sustainability.

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Narjiss Ghajour

Editor-in-Chief of Maritime Professionals
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