International Anti-Corruption Day 2020 (9 December), IMO Secretary-General
Kitack Lim has highlighted the Organization’s support for the fight against
corruption in all its forms.
his statement issued on the Day, Mr. Lim acknowledged that the maritime sector,
which is vital for the post-COVID recovery, is exposed to the risk of corruption,
and highlighted the efforts led by IMO’s Facilitation Committee, which is
currently working to develop guidance to implement and embrace anti-bribery and
anti-corruption practices and procedures.
Secretary-General Lim said:
International Maritime Organization supports the United Nations family in the
fight against corruption in all its forms.
The maritime industry is frequently
exposed to the risk of corruption
maritime industry is frequently exposed to the risk of corruption. Shipping is
part of a vital multinational transport and logistics chain, delivering 11
billion tonnes of goods annually – including much-needed medicines and
protective equipment during the pandemic. However, research has identified that
seafarers may be subjected to corrupt demands, such as unlawful requests for
payments to allow ships to enter and depart the port or disproportionate
penalties applied for minor errors. This can lead to interruptions to normal
operations, delaying ships and creating a risk to navigation and seafarer
safety. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) anonymous reporting
mechanism has collected close to 40,000 reports of corrupt demands globally.
This is most certainly a cause for concern.
Corrupt practices impact legitimate shipping and port operations
practices impact legitimate shipping and port operations and can lead to
damaging effects on trade and investment. IMO’s Facilitation Committee
addresses the ship/port interface and is currently working to develop guidance
to implement and embrace anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices and
procedures to assist all stakeholders.
We stand #UnitedAgainstCorruption.”
corruption is a challenge for all of us. We must not allow the COVID-19 crisis
to provide an excuse for a lack of vigilance. The maritime sector will be the
foundation for the post-COVID recovery, a recovery which must be inclusive and
sustainable with integrity and accountability. On the International
Anti-Corruption Day, we stand #United Against Corruption.”