The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: NPA Master Plan Introduced

The National Port Authority (NPA) has embarked on an ambitious planning process by preparing a National Ports Master Plan.

The plan will outline the framework for development of the port sector in Liberia for the next 25 years.

The National Port Authority is under a great deal of pressure to allocate port facilities and land for development in a number of areas like mining, oil and gas, agriculture, logging - and not least import and export facilities for the country as a whole.

The increased activities in the country call for accelerated development of port facilities - in existing ports as well as the port of Greenville projects.

According to DredgingToday.com, NPA together with NIRAS of Denmark, embarked on the planning process earlier this year and the master plan is due for presentation in the first quarter of 2013.

"Liberia is experiencing a solid and positive development as a whole and as a result demands for transport infrastructure in every sector are far above the capacity of existing infrastructure in the country. First in line is the port infrastructure and in the National Plan, ports are seen as a catalyst for increased economic development'," says Ms Matilda Parker, Managing Director of NPA.

The Managing Director is seconded by Mr. Nathanial Barnes, Chairman of NPA Board. In a statement, Mr. Barnes said: "'With NIRAS we have found a professional partner for NPA and through them the planning process will also focus on much needed technical assistance and training of NPA staff'."

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