U.S Envoy: Liberians Deserve to Benefit From foundationally important business relationship

U.S Envoy: Liberians Deserve to Benefit From foundationally important business relationship Featured

United States Ambassador to Liberia, Michael McCarthy, has said Liberians deserve to benefit foundationally important business relationship from Speaking during a visit at the offices of the Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) in Sinkor, Monrovia on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, Ambassador McCarthy applauded the Managing Director and the team for the job well-done in operating various programs at the institution.

He said LISCR and the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) have been key partners to combat international contraband shipment (illegal imports) and ensuring that maligned actors cannot look to Liberia for further illegal activities.

According to him, LISCR remains one of the most important links between United States and Liberia, noting that he is grateful for the consistent and productive cooperation on a host of key issues.

He mentioned that LISCR benefits have helped Liberia as the second largest ship registry in the world in the generation of revenue and jobs.

The US diplomat maintained that expertise generated by LISCR, Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) and the LiMA has the potential to benefit Liberia's economy in nearly every sector.

"I hope that as the Government of Liberia continues to work to effectively mobilize revenue for important investments in infrastructure, health, education and other development areas these revenue are transparently Incorporated into the national budget,” the US envoy, among other things, added.

Madam Olivia Johnson, Corporate Manager at LISCR, indicated that as part of its future plan for the development of young talents in Liberia, the institution is considering the establishment of a football academy that will train and nurture the talents of young footballers in the junior and medium categories.

She furthered that these young talents will benefit from professional technical experts who will help them in reaching the highest standard of football.

She mentioned that the club was established on August 24, 1995 for the purpose of using football as a tool to provide opportunities for young Liberian footballers to continue with their footballing career and to build a sustainable future through the provision of scholarship to players ranging from high school to college level.

Madam Johnson noted that the club has been sponsored and supported by the LISCR since the beginning of the company's operation Liberia.

"As a key component and contributor to the Liberian economy and part of the Government's poverty reduction strategy and pro poor agenda for Development and Prosperity, the club has served as a medium of additional employment for young Liberian footballers." She stated.

Additionally, the club authorities ensure that players have the opportunity to be scouted by professional clubs abroad to continue with their footballing career outside of Liberia.

She named some of the 15 young Liberian players who benefited from this initiative as Patrick Doeplah (late), Gizzie Dorbor, George Baysah, Alvin Dixion and so on.

Naming their achievement, Madam Jonson added that the club has contributed talents to the National team of Liberia, the Lonestar including Anthony Laffor, Murphy Nagbe, Henry Gobah, Ashley William, Tommy Songo among others.

“We are one of the top rated clubs in Liberia; inning the first division title twice, the knockout five times and super cup three times. We have also participated in CAF inter club competition five times since our formation,” she added.

On the part of the LMTI, Human Rights Manager- Pearletta Williams Grimes, recalled that in 2016 based on the request of the Government of Liberia, LISCR in USA decided to be responsible for managing LMTI in order return the maritime heritage to its rightful position.

Madam Grimes said the aim of LMTI is to provide a quality maritime focused training to enhance the Liberian workforce capacity domestically and internationally, adding this has developed into a world class learning community of excellence.

She furthered that LMTI offers two- year on campus pre-sea course on Associate of Science in Maritime Engineering degree which modularized with theoretical lectures and hands- on practical training.

“From the 24 graduates of the first batch of training, majority are working on board ships in d'Amico Shipping Company, Italy while the others are working at the APM Terminal locally and others having a scholarship to study in Ghana to complete BSC degree in Marine Engineering and Electrical Engineering. This includes four females and 20 males,” Madam Grimes explained.

“Presently, the institute is preparing for the graduation for its second batch of cadets in April 2022. On that note we are recruiting for the 3rd batch of cadet. There is also capacity for the 3rd batch of 24 seats for pre-sea marine engineering course and 20 seats for modular and short courses,” she stated.


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