KINGSTON, JAMAICA – The International Seabed Authority today announced a contribution of US$20,000 to the ISA Voluntary Trust Fund.

ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, accepted the donation, which was made on behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China by His Excellency Mr. Chen Jinghua, Permanent Representative to the ISA and Ambassador to Jamaica.

The Voluntary Trust Fund was established for the purpose of defraying the cost of participation of members of the Legal and Technical Commission from developing countries and members of the Finance Committee from developing countries in the meetings of the Commission and of the Committee. 

The contribution follows China’s funding of postgraduate studies in marine science at Tongji University, Shanghai, for candidates from developing member States, which was the result of a memorandum of understanding signed with the ISA in June 2009.