18 January 2013

Liberia: BIN Launches New Immigration Policy

Yearning for greater say in matters relating to their welfare, Liberian youths Wednesday urged their leaders to practice transparency and accountability. The head of the Federation of Liberian Youths, Mohammed Nasser, told journalists at a

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Cllr. Abla Gadegbeku Williams has warned against the abuse and unauthorized use of the Liberian Airport Visa.

Commissioner Williams gave the warning in Monrovia Thursday at the official launch of the national policy on migration.

"Let me also use this opportunity to state a few things to my officers that our position on the issuance of Airport Visa remains enforced.

"We have directed in uncompromising term the full implementation of the procedure in the use of these privileges," she said. "As the abuse and unauthorized use will not be tolerated, we reiterate that such privileges are mostly reserved for smooth operations for National Government and its guests or parents."

Amongst other things, the newly launched National Migration Policy is aimed at promoting an enabling and predictable environment for investment, trade and commerce without compromising national security, integrity and environment; providing a framework to facilitate legal and orderly cross-border and third country movements.

Other areas focused in the BIN new migration policy include a vigorous protection of the country's national borders from operation or infiltration by undesirable persons, goods and services; developing a national responsiveness to migration-related region integration needs (Free Movement Protocol of ECOWAS).

"Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to inform you that with the coming into effect of this policy, offices of the Bureau that are directly responsible for immigration will not only be given the tools to ensure these steps are the hallmarks of their duties, but they, like all of us will be required to adjust and conform to these new measures. For in it, states our vision and what we hope to achieve as we welcome people to our shore, yet remaining vigilant in the protection of our national interest and security," she said.

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