9-11 November 2016
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO)/Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) Cooperation Programme to Assist East Asian Countries in Ratifying and Implementing IMO Instruments for the Protection of the Marine Environment (“IMO/Norad Project”) has six participating countries, i.e., Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The project is at the final phase and is expected to end by December 2016. At this stage, participating countries are expected to have delivered the promised outputs. Malaysia’s output comprises a draft national policy and legislation for both priority conventions, i.e., MARPOL Annexes I and II and the Ballast Water Management Convention, 2004 (BWMC), which have been successfully submitted to the IMO/Norad Project via the National Completion Report (NCR). The Final Regional Meeting (FRM) was convened to mark the end of the Project. The meeting took stock of and acknowledged the achievements of participating countries as well shared lessons learnt and identified further steps to be taken.
Some of the expected major outputs of the project are the establishment of National Task Forces (NTF) to drive the ratification/effective implementation of the conventions, preparation of the necessary documents for accession, development of national policies, documenting procedures for accession and implementation, as well as the drafting of legislation.
The project worked on adapting an alternative model in the delivery of technical assistance. This involved engagement of national consultants, designation of country focal points, constitution of national task force of interagency grouping, engagement of stakeholders, capacity building initiatives and interventions as well as tracking and monitoring of the scheme which comprises periodic monitoring through project meetings and scorecard. The scorecard reflecting the achievement of each country was presented. Malaysia’s scorecard shows all expected outputs delivered.
The meeting also discussed possible future programmes based on experience gained and needs identified in this project. Participating countries presented the list of programmes required for further implementation of IMO conventions. The meeting deliberated on various proposals to seek funding avenues.
Part of the Malaysian delegation to this meeting, MIMA was represented by Senior Researchers Mok Lay Yong and Amy Aai.