LONDON, United Kingdom, 15th March 2016.- Mexico reiterated its interest in monitoring the activities of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO for its acronym in English), previous to its 38th period of sessions to be held next May 10, in this city.


On the 7th of March, the Ambassador of Mexico, Diego Gomez- Pickering received Captain Moin Ahmed, Director General of IMSO, who mentioned that although Mexico is not part of the Advisory Committee, he would defend its interests as a Member.


During the meeting, he recalled that Captain Ahmed took up his post as head of IMSO on April 14 of 2015, becoming the first person from a developing country (Bangladesh) to hold this position in the agency's history. Earlier, Ahmed had served for many years as Chief Technical Officer in the Maritime Safety Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), therefore he is widely recognized among the countries with membership in both organizations.


The diplomat congratulated Captain Ahmed on behalf  of the Government of Mexico for the legacy, leadership and commitment that he has left as a mark of  his work as head of the IMSO.


Ahmed thanked the support IMSO has received, especially from the Mexican delegation that participated in the last meeting of the Subcommittee on Navigation, Communications, and Search and Rescue (NCSR) at IMO - from February 29th to March 4th – where they contributed to halt a proposal of some member countries of the European Union to eliminate the requirement for the annual audits of the performance of the International Data Exchange (IDE).


The director of IMSO noted that the 38th session will coincide with the celebration of the 96th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the IMO, scheduled from 11th to 20th of May, so that delegations from countries such as Mexico could have the opportunity to actively participate in both events.


Mr. Ahmed pointed out that IMSO is already preparing its Work Plan beyond 2016, contributing to the design of a new Global Aviation Safety Program, with the aim of strengthening the coordination of satellite communication services in the maritime and aviation sectors, necessary to prevent accidents such as the recently registered with a Malaysia Airlines aircraft.