The IMO Council announced it has agreed to renew the appointment of Kitack Lim as Secretary-General of the IMO for a second four-year term, beginning from 1 January 2020. The decision is subject to the approval of the IMO Assembly in December 2019.
At its 121st IMO Council held in London, 40 IMO member states on the ruling council voted unanimously South Korean Lim Ki-tack to continue his second four-year term as IMO secretary-general.
His current four-year tenure was scheduled to end in 2019, and the 62-year-old will now be in his post until 2023.
Lim was formerly president of Busan Port Authority prior to his IMO post, overseeing port facilities in South Korea's second-largest city. His career portfolio included also government-related experiences as commissioner of Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal and director-general of Maritime Safety Policy Bureau, as well as IMO-related international experiences as chairman-elect of PSC Committee in Tokyo, president of IMO’s Maritime Attache Club in London, and chairman of IMO’s Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee.
Throughout his first four-year tenure as IMO secretary-general, the IMO produced a strategic plan for the six-year period of 2018 to 2023, with a focus on smart and eco-friendly shipping, as well as the implementation of IMO 2020 sulphur cap, ballast water management, the Polar Code and 2050 decarbonization strategy.