MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The United States Embassy near Monrovia has welcomed the establishment of a National Railway Authority (NRA) by President George Weah.
President Weah, on October 17, 2022, signed an Executive Order directing the establishment of the NRA, which would appoint an independent rail operator and ensure multiple eligible user rail access, among other duties.
In a release issued on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the US Embassy said the decision has provided a much-needed clarity for the development for an independent operator and multi-user rail model.
It said the system could lead to significant investments by multiple mining companies in the rail corridor, and to significant economic benefit for the people of Liberia.
The Embassy stated that in response to President Weah’s policy decision to open the rail to multi-users, it has been exploring the US private and public sector investment options to directly support Government’s goals of independent and professional rail operatorship.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy believes it has restated its long-held position that multiple corporate interests can and should be recommended on the rail, in line with the Liberian Government stated policy.