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IGCC/UNIDO/IMO/IPIECA First Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group

Opening
The First Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Development of Sub-regional Contingency Plans and Sub-regional Agreements for Co-operation in Cases of Major Marine Pollution Incidents, held at the Executive Secretariat of the Interim Guinea Current Commission, 1, Akosombo Street, Accra, Ghana from 25 to 27 April 2007 was opened by Hon. Sophia Horner-Sam, Deputy Minister for Harbours and Railways, Ghana, in presence of Capt. Georgina Jopap-Tackie (Chairperson), Prof. Chidi Ibe, Executive Secretary, IGCC / Regional Director, GCLME, Dr. Chika Ukwe, Project Manager, UNIDO and Mr. Malamine Thiam, Technical Officer, Marine Environment Division, IMO.

L-R : Dr. Chika Ukwe, Project Manager, UNIDO, Capt. (Mrs.) Georgina Jopap-Tackie (Chairperson), Hon. Sophia Horner-Sam, Deputy Minister for Harbours and Railways, Ghana, Prof. Chidi Ibe, Executive Secretary, IGCC / Regional Director, GCLME and Mr. Malamine Thiam, Technical Officer, Marine Environment Division, IMO

Background

The main objectives of the Meeting were to consider the following draft documents prepared by IMO in both English and French languages:

  1. Note on the Legal Status of the Agreement
  2. Draft Sub-regional Contingency Plan;
  3. Draft Memorandum of Understanding for Co-operation in Cases of Major Pollution Incidents; and
  4. Draft Terms of Reference of the Sub-regional Coordination Centre.

All the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem National Project Directors and National Maritime Authorities were invited to nominate participants to the Meeting, taking into consideration the objectives of the Meeting. Relevant International Organizations and representatives from the local oil industry were also invited to take part in the Meeting.

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