JAMAICA, Kingston (6 February 2017) – – Secretary-General Michael Lodge hosted his first inaugural reception since taking up office at his residence in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday 3 February 2017.

The reception was attended by Permanent Representatives and members of the diplomatic community as well as the members of the Article 154 Review Committee which met in Kingston to prepare its final report from 31 January to 3 February 2017.

In his speech, Secretary-General Lodge said “it was a great privilege and honour to be assuming the mandate of the Secretary-General. I have spent the past 25 years of my career working in the Law of the Sea and I look forward to using the skills and experience I have gained to further the objectives of the organization and to reinforce its position in Jamaica. “

“I truly believe that the next four years will be a time of great change and great potential for the future of the Authority. The fact is that seabed mining is closer to commercial reality now than at any time over the past 25 years.”

He concluded that he looked forward to working with the Government of Jamaica to strengthen the Authority’s presence in Jamaica and find ways to cooperate with Jamaican educational and scientific institutions.

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