JAMAICA, Kingston (26 June 2017) – –  Ambassador Jose Maria Bosch Bessa, of Spain presented his credentials to the Secretary-General, Michael Lodge, as the new Permanent Representative of Spain to the International Seabed Authority on 26 June 2017.  

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Bosch Bessa was Consul General of Spain based in Andorra la Vella.

Ambassador Bosch Bessa joined the Foreign Service in 1982 and has travelled widely on diplomatic postings within Spain, Equatorial Guinea, Belgium, United Kingdom, Geneva and France.

 He was awarded the Order of Civil Merit (Spain) in 1986 and the Officer of the Order of Isabel La Catolica (Spain) in 1993.

In his meeting with the Secretary-General, Ambassador Bosch Bessa said Spain looked forward to working with the Authority and mentioned the importance of communicating the work of the Authority to institutions and industrial sectors in Spain. 

The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for Spain’s support for the Authority and active participation in the work of the Assembly and Council. He indicated his interest in forging stronger links with relevant scientific and technical institutions in Spain, especially noting Spain’s position as a maritime nation.