|Subject||Norway Provides Funding for IMO ITCP
|Writer||Lee Min Jung
Norway provides funding for ITCP's maritime security components in Africa
<br />IMO's technical co-operation activities in Africa have received a major funding boost with the conclusion of <br>an agreement between IMO and NORAD, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Under the<br> terms of a Memorandum of Agreement signed between the two organizations on 30 October 2006, NORAD<br> will provide US$226,000 towards three technical co-operation activities in Africa in the field of maritime<br> security, to be executed through IMO's Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP). The agreement<br> sees the establishment of a bilateral trust fund arrangement between IMO and NORAD.
<br />Norway has long been a major donor to the ITCP and, since 1977, its funding has resulted in the delivery of<br> key assistance to developing regions, particularly Africa, within Norway's stated priorities of maritime safety<br> and security, protection of the marine environment, and women in development. Considerable support has<br> also been provided by Norway to strengthen maritime training institutes, including annual donations of some<br> US$600,000 to the World Maritime University through the ITCP.