Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) H.E. Antonio M. Lagdameo was elected as president of the 32nd IMO Assembly during its opening session this morning (6 December 2021) at the IMO Headquarters in London. It is the first time in IMO’s history that the Philippines was elected as President of the Assembly.
Ambassador Lagdameo was nominated by the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom and seconded by the representative of South Africa. The Permanent Representatives of Italy and Namibia were also elected as first vice-President and Second Vice President, respectively. In thanking delegations for their support, Ambassador Lagdameo noted that his election comes at a year in which seafarers are recognized at the heart of shipping. He said that it is an acknowledgment and endorsement of the commitment that the Philippines has made to the objectives and work of the Organization.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, in his remarks during the opening session, outlined the accomplishments of the Organization for the past two years and highlighted that through and beyond the pandemic, sustainable transport will be at the heart of global recovery. He noted that the World Maritime Theme for 2021 is “Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future” and that throughout the year, the IMO has promoted the important role of seafarers for shipping and world trade.
The Assembly is IMO’s highest governing body and all 174 member states and three associate members are entitled to attend, as are the intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded, and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO. The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session It is responsible for approving the arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Council.
Elections for members of the Council will be held later this week, with the Philippines running for re-election. The Assembly session will conclude on 15 December 2021 while the Council will meet on the 16 December 2021 immediately after the Assembly session.
Calling all kababayans in the UK and Ireland!
Together with the Bureau of the Treasury, the Philippine Embassy in London cordially invites you to an online financial literacy session on Retail Treasury Bonds (RTBs) Tranche 26 scheduled on 21 November 2021 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
RTBs are fixed-income securities which guarantee the holder quarterly interest payments, computed with a fixed interest rate per annum, over a period of 5.5 years (for Tranche 26). RTBs are low-risk and affordable savings investments and yield higher interest compared to saving accounts and term deposits.
Interested participants may join the webinar via this link: https://www.google.com/url?q=http://bit.ly/RTB26Roadshow&source=gmail&ust=1637170142290000&usg=AOvVaw1Frv70tAVXx2fT-RgkOqPl">http://bit.ly/RTB26Roadshow
We look forward to seeing you there!
“Whether the Weather is Fine (Kun Maupay Man It Panahon)” director Carlo Francisco Manatad bagged the Best Director award at the recently concluded London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF).
The jury was chaired by Nick James, former editor of Sight & Sound, a British monthly film magazine published by British Film Institute (BFI). Other jurors were Hannah McGill, former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Damon Wise, BFI Festival advisor.
Director Manatad, the youngest director with an entry to this year’s LEAFF, accepted his award via a video message.
Set against the backdrop of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, “Whether the Weather is Fine” was one of 33 films that participated in this year’s LEAFF and stars Daniel Padilla, Charo Santos-Concio and Rans Rifol.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. had productive discussions with Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the UK, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. had productive discussions with Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the UK, Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP on 05 November at the FCDO. The two Foreign Secretaries agreed to launch the PH-UK Enhanced Partnership and to work closely on defense cooperation, cyber security, green investments and fighting COVID.