- Published on Thursday, 22 November 2012 06:57
- Written by Alloycious David
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been discussing for the last two day, issues of regional security in West and Central Africa.
The meeting, which commenced Tuesday attracted heads and representatives of several security agencies including the Ministries of Justice, Defense, National Security, Bureau of Immigration, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Coast Guard, Liberia Civil Aviation Authority, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
IMO Senior Deputy Director Chris Trelawney said similar meeting would be held in 20 West and Central African countries aimed at assisting those countries to develop maritime strategy and overcome sea blindness.
He said the meeting seeks to encourage states to develop the maritime sector.
Mr. Trelawney observed that the meeting would also encourage the country to meet various international conventions which they have signed.
“The bottom line is getting you to come up with your own strategy,” he said.
Welcoming participants at the meeting, Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), Legal Counsel, Atty. Nya Gbaintor indicated that IMO’s team is not in the country to dictate to Liberians, but to create different scenario that would enable Liberia identify problems in its territorial waters.
The Director for Planning, Development and Research at LiMA Dr. W. Kapngabala Sengbe said the meeting is an opportunity for government and agencies in the maritime sector to look at issues that affect the sector and ensure that problems are mitigated.
He noted that the meeting is significant for Liberia because it is an experience sharing opportunity.