Stemming from a desire to promote technical cooperation among developing countries – a target that has always been given a special status ever since it was regarded by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1978 as an undivided part of the development of cooperation – the Government of Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Transport, the International Maritime Organization and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) have agreed on promoting such technical cooperation mainly in the field of maritime training.
This maritime training is held within the framework of the IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) that aims at assisting developing countries in their endeavors to develop their own human resources and enhance their capacity to comply with international rules and standards.
Thus, the IMO Compound was inaugurated by the IMO Secretary General and his Excellency the Egyptian Minister of Transport in August 2005. The Compound consists of the following:
a) Representing League of Arab States (LAS) in IMO:
According to the Arab Ministers of Transport Council Decision number 250/2005, the Arab      Academy represents LAS in the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
For the awareness of the Maritime Transport Sector in the Arab States of the IMO Conventions and decisions taken during the IMO meetings, printed reports in Arabic Language are continuously published to include the follow up summary related to Marine Safety, security, Pollution Prevention, Maritime Education and Training, liability and Fund conventions and all other conventions.  Those reports regularly circulated to the Arab countries through LAS.
b)  IMO Regional Partnership:
These publications include a follow-up Arabic summary of the conventions regarding Marine Safety and Security, Pollution Prevention, liability and Fund, etc in addition to brief summaries of Assembly resolutions, and MSC resolutions.
Moreover, brief summaries of MSC Circulars, and other Circulars related to all ships are included, besides any additional requirements concerning specialized ships. Finally, a translation of the circular about documents required to be carried on board is also included.
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