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NPA, Georgia Port Hold Talks On Enhanced Partnership
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NPA, Georgia Port Hold Talks On Enhanced Partnership
By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, December 12 (LINA) - A roundtable discussion aimed at enhancing a sustainable sister-port relationship between the National Port Authority (NPA) and the US-based Georgia Port Authority (GPA), has been held in Monrovia.

The discussion is in furtherance of a Memorandum of Understanding consummated between the two parties during the US-Liberia Trade and Investment Forum held in New York in September 2015.

The GPA is the administrative agency of the US State of Georgia that oversees the development, maintenance and operation of two deepwater seaports and the two inland ports in the state.

The GPA operates four ports. Its two Atlantic seaports are the Port of Savannah and the Port of Brunswick, while the two inland ports, both linked to the Gulf of Mexico are Port Bainbridge and Port Columbus.
Discussions at the exchange conference were primarily centered on the overwhelming urge of the two parties to develop an international port and trade steering committee as well as the development of a strategy to increase trade between Liberia and US.

The trade strategy places emphasis on the production and export of cocoa, paper products, rubber wood products, among other commodities.

The roundtable discussion also focused on the planning of future training programs and exchange opportunities between the managements and employees of the NPA and GPA.

Discussions were also held on the need to enhance opportunities for funding sourced from development partners such as World Bank, African Development Bank and others, for the purpose of enhancing trade as well as the identification of key sources to engage in trade activities of key commodities.

NPA Managing Director David Williams told journalist at the end of a tour of the NPA facility that the interactive discussion between NPA and GPA is “very essential” as the aim of the discussion is not only directed towards establishing an international port steering committee, but to also learn from the GPA methods in establishing an in-land port facility.

Williams said the NPA is working with the Ministry of Public Works and private entities selected by the World Bank to create a corridor where goods are transported from the NPA into rural areas where people will have access to those commodities.


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