Press Release

Speaking ahead of the anniversary, FONASBA President Aziz Mantrach, of Morocco,
said: “Whilst I am honoured and proud to be President of FONASBA at the time it
reaches its half-century, I am also aware of the significant progress the organisation
has made during that period and am committed to ensuring that the next fifty years
start in the best possible way. We will therefore continuing to develop further
initiatives to support our members, as well as continuing to expand both FONASBA’s
membership coverage and our influence in the global maritime sector. I am acutely
aware of the pressure from both our members and my twenty-seven predecessors as
President, and I am determined not to disappoint either. The current Executive
Committee, the Secretariat and myself are therefore fully committed to ensuring that
FONASBA will continue its onward and upward trajectory”.
FONASBA will formally celebrate its 50th anniversary when the members meet in
Miami in October for its 2019 Annual Meeting under the tagline: “Celebrating our
Past, Inspiring our Future”.

FONASBA is the only organisation representing the global ship agency and ship broking
professions. Established in 1969 it now has members in 62 countries, including all major
maritime and trading nations. Its remit is to “promote and protect the professions of ship
agency and ship broking worldwide”, a task which it undertakes through dialogue with its
member associations and its consultative status with IMO, UNCTAD, UNCITRAL and the World
Customs Organisation, as well with the European Commission and other regional bodies.
FONASBA also enjoys reciprocal memberships with the Baltic Exchange, BIMCO, the Comité
Maritime International, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, the International Port Community
Systems Association, indemnity insurer ITIC and the Shipbrokers’ Register and works closely
with all other maritime sector bodies, both internationally and in Europe.