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Cablegate: Imo Grants Matadi Six Month Grace Period

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UNCLAS KINSHASA 001316

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ETRD EWWT CG
SUBJECT: IMO GRANTS MATADI SIX MONTH GRACE PERIOD

REF: KINSHASA 1251

1. (SBU) Reftel reported that the Port of Matadi had not met
the July 1 deadline set by the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) for port security improvements. The
National Transportation and Port Authority (ONATRA) reports
that the IMO has granted a six month grace period to the
Port of Matadi to complete the required improvements.
Approximately 80-85 percent of the improvements have been
completed to date.

2. (SBU) COMMENT. A six month grace period may be too much of
a cushion for ONATRA and the Port of Matadi. The current
conditions were achieved in a five month period under strong
pressure from the IMO. Follow-through is not always the best
attribute of Congolese government services. Post will
continue to monitor the improvements as the grace period
expires. END COMMENT.
SCOTT

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