Liberia makes Preparation for Int’l Maritime Audit
By Emmanuel Weedee-Conway
In preparation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States Audit Scheme (IMSAS), the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) at the weekend conducted a one-day stakeholders’ meeting.
The audit is one of the requirements for every maritime country, and it aims to ensure that the audited country take corrective measures of the recommendations contained in the audit report so as to conform to international order.
Speaking to reporters during the meeting, Maritime Commissioner, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, indicated that the stakeholders’ engagement is critical to bring Liberia on the right path in full implementation of its maritime activities.
“When we say maritime sector, we mean every entity that has to do with the work of maritime, and these include the Ministry of National Defense, Mines and Energy, Law Reform Commission, Maritime itself and Ministry of Foreign Affairs among others,” explained the Maritime boss.
He pointed out that the meeting aimed to harmonize the country’s approach to pending audit, noting that Liberia is major flag country, it is important to conform to those key international protocols.
“All aspects of our activities and other international instruments that Liberia acceded to will be reviewed; in areas that we are improving and the gaps to fill,” he pointed out.
According to Mr. Nagbe, the process will bring great benefits to the country, especially in the maritime sector for a better future for all.
“The audit will point out some of those gaps in our sector so that we can find means to mitigate some of those problems to improve services in our maritime setting, be it at the port or other areas,” he added.