Saeed Al Malik, president of the UAE National Ship Suppliers Association (UNSSA), has been elected chairman of the of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), becoming the first ever Arab national ever to do so.
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) celebrated the news as a major Emirati achievement across the international maritime industry and extended its congratulations to Saeed Al Malik, who will replace the incumbent chairman, Singaporean Abdul Hamid Al Hajji.
He will serve for three years beginning in 2018. Al Malik's victory represents a strong push in the UAE's candidacy for Category B membership into the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Executive Council.
“The election of Saeed Al Malik as the chairman of ISSA is a worthy achievement,” said Amer Ali, executive director, DMCA. “He is leading the efforts of the UAE National Ship Suppliers Association to enhance the competitiveness of UAE companies involved in the supply of vessels at the regional and international levels, based on solid pillars of quality, efficiency and excellence.”
“There is no doubt that choosing Al Malik as the first Arab to head the international organization is a source of pride for all of us. We are confident that he will surely bring in remarkable development to the ship supplying segment during his three-year term,” Ali added.