In Protest Of GTMS Existence In Liberia, Business Executives Issue Warning To Gov’t

Members of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) and the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) including PATEL, the Fula Business Association (FBA), the World Lebanese Culture Union, the Indian Association and Customs Brokers Association today, February 26, 2019  in a well-attended meeting held at the conference room of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce overwhelmingly voted against the legality  of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN)  currently making it presence felt by the Global Maritime Tracking Solution or GTMS at the National Port Authority.

Expressing their frustration over the existence of the GTMS in Liberia after being banned by the Government of Sierra Leone for its unwholesome operation in that Country, the Liberian business stakeholders at Tuesday’s meeting called on the Liberian Government through the National Port Authority *NPA) to revisit the contract of the Company, noting that its operation in the country is not in the interest of the Liberian people.

During the discussion which drew huge recommendations aimed at putting the Liberian Government under pressure to see reason on rather cancellation of the alleged contract between the GTMS and the National Port Authority (NPA) voted on several issues for weeks beginning effectively next Tuesday, March 5. 2019.

At the end of the meeting the business executives including importers and exporters resolved that during the weeklong protest with the Liberian Government, it was overwhelmingly voted that during this period there will be ‘No clearing of goods at the Port, No obtaining of IPDs, and No Payment of the Liberian Government Customs Duties.’

In a related development, in order to create more awareness in this process, the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) and the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) will on Wednesday, February 27. 2019 will hold a joint press conference at the headquarter of LIBA in Paynesville, the suburb of Monrovia.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.