The Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Bill Twehway has disclosed that his management is to shortly dispatch some of his staffs to four West African countries aimed at comparing port charges in those countries in order to know how much is being charged as compare to Liberia.
Addressing the Liberian media today at the Ministry of information regular press briefing, the NPA boss said the outcry by importers of fees being charged by his management is unbearable, and therefore his administration is constrained to seeking other countries’ port charges.
“We are arranging for the departure of some of our employees to several ports countries including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo to compare their charges with ours, since many of our importers are complaining about our port charges,” Mr. Twehway addressing the press said.
Today’s news conference brought together officials of the Country’s Economic Management Team including the Minister of Finance, Development and Planning (MFDP), Samuel Tweah, the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Nathaniel Patray and the President of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment, John Davies.
Speaking further, the NPA boss vowed during his administration to reduce the economic burdens being faced with by importers stressing, “Importers are complaining of huge charges we are the NPA imposing, given rise for them to use other ports of entry making the government to lost huge revenue as a result of these illegal transactions by importers,” Mr. Twehway told journalists at the news conference.