The Parliament has recently approved Maldives’ participation in the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authority (IALA).
During October 2022, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced the decision to seek parliament’s approval for the participation at a cabinet meeting.
The Maldives is a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). IMSO was established in 1979 with the assistance of the IMO to provide assistance to the organization. IMSO’s primary purpose is the oversight of certain public satellite safety and security communication services provided by mobile satellite communication systems. IMSO also serves as the Coordinator for the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT), appointed by the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) party States at IMO to ensure the worldwide operation of the system.
IALA is a non-profit, international technical association. Established in 1957, it gathers together Marine Aids to Navigation authorities, manufacturers, consultants, and scientific and training institutes from all parts of the world and offers them the opportunity to exchange and compare their experiences and achievements.