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Liberia to Re-Join The International Organization for Marine Aids(IALA)

Liberia to Re-Join The International Organization for Marine Aids(IALA)
Saint Germain en Laye, France: May 1, 2022-Liberia’s re-admittance into the global maritime organization, the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), has been assured as the Liberia Maritime Authority has made significant strides as the world second largest ships registry in the world.
The head of the Liberian Maritime Program, Commissioner Lenn Eugene Nagbe speaking to executives of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), emphasized Liberia’s preparedness to get re-admitted into the organization to help in galvanizing training and other navigational activities in keeping its obligations as a flag, port and coastal state.
“It is a preconditional imperative that we accede to IALA, the body that sets standards for Aids of navigation and vessel traffic management in an industry that Liberia plays a leading role. It is even more relevant now as we are making investments in the modernization of our port infrastructures to glean from the experience and knowledge of this international body”, Nagbe said.
Liberia joined the organization at its formation in 1957 but was withdrawn in 1983 during the military regime for unexplained reasons, thus rendering its membership quashed and considered a non-member which has made it unable to access the many programs and activities of the organization.
According to a Dispatch from France, Commissioner Nagbe however told the gathering of executives of the organization that Liberia was now ready and prepared to get re-admitted so as to explore the many benefits that it currently has and can offer to member countries.
The Secretary General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), Mr. Francis Zachariae applauded Liberia for its interest in wanting to re-join the organization, noting that Liberia was an important member in its active years.
Mr. Zachariae said Liberia’s overall contributions remain second to none because of its experience and expertise in the Maritime program for many years, and expressed joy over the decision to see Liberia back in its fold and thanked Commissioner Nagbe on behalf of the organization for Liberia’s expression of interest in re-joining the IALA.
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), is an organization that deals with its consultative and technical nature and its principal aim is to foster the safe and efficient movement of vessels through improvement and harmonization of marine aids to navigation for the benefit of the maritime community and the protection of the marine environment.
The Organization brings together representatives of the aids to navigation services of about 80 countries for technical coordination, information sharing, and coordination of improvements to aids to navigation throughout the world. It was established in 1957 to provide a permanent organization to support the goals of the Technical Lighthouse Conferences which had been convening since 1929.
The General Assembly of IALA meets about every four years. The council of 24 members meets twice a year to oversee its programs.
The Liberian Maritime Program was established in 1948 with strong support from the United States of America. In 1949, Liberia became a founding member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and has over the years played a critical role in promulgating maritime safety, security and environmental protection. The Liberian Maritime Program is currently recognized as the second largest ship registry in the world.




April 3, 2022...Strasbourg, France-PRESS RELEASE: The Head of the Liberian Parliamentary Delegation to the African-Caribbean Pacific States and the European Union Parliamentary Delegation (ACP-EU), Representative Acarous Moses Gray, has reiterated Liberia's stance against any form of unconstitutional change of power in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Speaking at the opening of the conference on April 1, 2022 at the 41st Joint Parliamentary meeting of the African Caribbean Pacific States and the European Union taking place in Strasbourg, France, the Liberian lawmaker called on the body to take an "uncompromising" position on the matter.


According to a dispatch from France, Representative Gray is leading the country's delegation at the seven-day assembly, which brings together European parliamentarians and others representing Seventy-Nine (79) other ACP nations have discussed issues of international concern, including threats to stability, security and democracy in West Africa and the Sahel region, as well as the global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


"We are very concerned about the situation in West Africa and other sub-Saharan countries", Representative Gray told the audience, " He said because what affects our neighbors affects us directly". Representative Gray said the ACP-EU should also take a "definitive" position in speaking up against leaders who democratically extend their term in office.


The lawmaker reminded his colleagues about the numerous protocols and other agreements they have ratified that frowned on instability and coups, as he urged them to be "courageous" and not mince their words. He stressed that powerful nations, including those in the West, must be "clear and straight forward" in defending moral values.


"There should be no Invincible hands in encouraging any form of instability or coup d'etat in the Sub-saharan Africa".


Meanwhile, Rep Gray has strongly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, while calling on the Russian President Vladimir Putin to "withdraw his troops". He hailed the bravery and courage of the Ukrainian people who he said continue to "withstand the test of time". Narrating Liberia's own dreadful experience with war, Gray said it was traumatizing to see women and children fleeing in search of safety and bodies littering the streets. This is why, "we say no to war! Peace first and peace last".




President Weah Congratulates Pres. Macron

A Message of Congratulations to President Emmanuel Macron

April 24th, 2022

Monrovia, Liberia

I would like to congratulate President Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French Presidential election runoff on Sunday, April 24, 2022.


He has secured another five-year mandate as President of his country during very difficult times for Europe and the comity of nations.


Over the years, President Macron and his government have remained a strong ally of Liberia and of my administration. He helped galvanize French support for our efforts at macroeconomic stability, infrastructure and youth development. He is a firm believer in multilateralism, both in Europe and around the world.


France, under his leadership, delivered tens of thousands of much needed Covid vaccines and medical supplies to Liberia last year, which contributed greatly to our fight against the pandemic.
Liberia remains grateful for his support.

It is my hope that both countries will leverage this moment in order to strengthen the ties currently subsisting between Liberia and France.


President Macron remains a true friend with whom my personal relationship continues to flourish.


I look forward to working with him for the betterment of our two nations.


Félicitations mon ami et frère.


H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah
President of the Republic of Liberia

As Liberia Mourns Dr. Sawyer's Death, President Weah Names Liberia College at UL In His Honor

Monrovia, Liberia - The College of Social Sciences and Humanities or Liberia College at the University of Liberia will now be called the Prof. Amos Claudius Sawyer College of Social Sciences and Humanities.


Naming the College in honor of the late Dr. Sawyer is part of the Liberian Leader's way of memorializing the legacy of the fallen statesman who once served as Dean of the College and credited for Liberia's democratization.


The President's honor of Dr Sawyer was done through a Special Citation issued Saturday, April 2, 2022 by the H. E. Dr George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic and Visitor of the University of Liberia.

According to the Citation read by the Dean of the Cabinet, Foreign Minister D. Maxwell-Saah Kemayah at Dr. Sawyer's state funeral at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion, President Weah took the decision in consultation with and the acquiesce of the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia.

President Weah said he was honoring Dr. Sawyer for his selfless services rendered the University as Professor of Political Science and former Dean of the College for years.


The citation recounted Dr. Sawyer's immense contribution to the intellectual development of the Liberian youth, molding the minds of many other young Liberians at the University and elsewhere.


President Weah also took note of Dr. Sawyer's profound contribution to the socio-economic development of the Republic and restructuring of the governance process.


The Liberian Chief Executive along with current and former officials as well as other state actors of the West African Subregion, formed part of the Funeral Service of Dr. Sawyer.


Dr. Sawyer passed away at age 77 on February 16, 2022 in the State of Maryland, United States of America, following a period of illness.