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Govt breaks ground for US$7million Fishing Terminal

Jos Garneo Cephas
A ground breaking science by VP Boakai and other stakeholders
A ground breaking science by VP Boakai and other stakeholders

elbcradio.com/Oct. 12, 2015) –Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has cautioned Liberians to seek agriculture and fishery as another potential investment opportunity.

Vice President Boakai said: “This is no time to complain in the midst of the decline in the prices of iron ore and rubber because our county is endowed with lot of natural resources among which agriculture ranks prominent and our fishes are one of the world’s best”.  

He made the statement he performed the   ground breaking ceremony of a US$7million Dollars Montserrado Industrial Fishing Terminal along with the World Bank recently in Monrovia.

The terminal once destroyed at the result of the Liberian civil war, is expected to be rehabilitated in 11months time and when completed would create industrialization opportunity and employment in the fishery sector of Liberia for Liberians.

The Vice President said: “The relevance of this project   would bring increase in government’s revenue, strength Liberian entrepreneurial spirits to invest and will seek to make legal fishery business and grow the country’s economy.”

Mr. Boakai related the nation’s annual loss in the the fishery industry resulted mainly from lack of a dedicated port for fish landing and the lack of functional fisheries monitoring, surveillance and control system as well as weak or  non-existent legal framework for management.

He also lauded the World Bank’s efforts in the development drive of Liberia, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the people of Liberia.
“While we warmly welcome this timely intervention from our development partners, this is a moment toward confronting the loopholes that have constantly made us fall short in many areas of our national drive for transformation”, said Vice President Boakai.

The World Bank Liberia Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja Said: “The project is unique as it will make fish landing platform available for 20 local industrial fishing vessels and a terminal to create the necessary infrastructure for investment in developing a national fisheries.”

Madam Debraja said the completion of the facility will provide quality standards to compete with products on the international markets.

According to Debraja, the facility will also provide a well equip laboratory, and further said: “I am delighted that Liberia has positioned herself as a champion in the sub-region toward the fight against illegal fishing”.   

The West Africa Regional Fisheries Program Coordinator, Lawrence Isaac Braimah said their work in five years now has help in the fight against illegal fisheries which has liberated Liberian fisheries.  

Mr. Braimah said: “As part of project mandate, is to increase the Montserrado Fishing Pier from its less than six meter to seven meter the depth to accommodate large vessels in the sub-region, while the CESAF Liberia the contractor will enable the dredging of the access channel and turning basin to nine meter deep to facilitate in and out movement for maneuvering of the fish carrier vessels at the terminal”.

He stressed that the project’s objective is to seek  sustainable increase in the wealth that marine fish resources can provide to Liberia, by strengthening fisheries governance, reducing illegal fishing and increase local economic value added from fisheries.

 


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