16 October 2013

Liberia: British Minister Hails NPA Progress

British Foreign & Common Wealth Minister Mark Simmonds has promised to lobby with some companies in the United Kingdom (UK) to render professional assistance to the National Port Authority (NPA).

Speaking w Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the NPA head offices, Minister Simmonds said there are numerous professional companies in UK that have technical skills to help the NPA improve on all of its facilities in Monrovia and other parts of the country.

He said NPA needs companies that will provide technical skills to improve the Freeport of Monrovia, Buchanan, Greenville, and Harper Ports in generating sufficient revenues for the government and its people.

The British senior official used the occasion to hail the numerous improvements carried on by the current NPA leadership headed by Madam Matilda Parker.

He renewed commitment to working with the Liberian government through the National Port Authority and other business institutions to enable Liberia regain its prewar status.

"I want more job opportunities to be created for Liberians after the completion and full operations of the four ports" he added.

Also speaking, Deputy NPA Managing Director, Nyekeh Y. Forkpa lauded the British delegation for visiting the NPA Monrovia office and Liberia at large.

According to him, capacity development for all NPA staffs will enable the entity actualize its 25 years plan, and added "such plans are underway with local and international partners like the British government whose interest is to intervene in making the NPA a premier port in West Africa."

For his part, Counselor Jerry George, NPA's Deputy Legal Affairs who did the presentation of the NPA facilities to the British delegation said there are numerous concession companies working with the entity.

He named Arcelor Mittal, Golden Petroleum, Equatorial Oil Palm, Putu Iron Ore, China Union, Western Cluster, and TOTAL-Liberia, among others.

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