October 25th, 2019

IMO names First Woman Goodwill Maritime Ambassador

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced the appointment of Dr. Aisha Al Busmait, Director of Government Communications at the Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime, as the new IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador making her the first Emirati Woman appointed to the post.

Her appointment came during the World Maritime Day held in Colombia from September 15 to 17, 2019.

“This new achievement is in line with the United Arab Emirates' commitment to strengthen the global maritime sector and promote sustainability. The appointment of Dr. Aisha Al Busmait, who is the current Director of the Government Communication Department at the Authority, underscores our wise leadership’s continuous support to empower women and involve them in all developmental sectors as an active contributor in the process of development and progress of the country," said UAE's Minister of Infrastructure Development, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi.

‘We congratulate Dr. Aisha for the high level of confidence given by the IMO and we appreciate her dedication to raise the profile of Emirati women to enable them to participate in all fields of work, especially in maritime. Through this new role, she has become a symbol of creativity, excellence and innovation in vital sectors that impacts the nation’s comprehensive and sustainable development.”

Dr. Busmait has a distinguished career life, with her valuable contributions and active role in the UAE's historic membership to the IMO Council in category ‘B’ through her position as Director of Government Communications at FTA. She has been responsible in coordinating the efforts among members of the supporting team in the run up to the nomination, which involved leading government entities and private companies in the UAE.

The Goodwill Ambassador is chosen among the world's most influential public figures. They play a key role in addressing international issues affecting people’s lives by promoting public awareness and supporting ambitious goals in building a safer and more prosperous future.

The IMO is an international organization specialized in the maritime sector that seeks to promote its public awareness and the important role that the industry plays in the global economy. The organization is also tasked with helping improve the safety and security of the sea, the international shipping industry and combating marine pollution from ships.


Source: Hellenic Shipping News, Emirates News Agency