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Liberian Maritime Authorioty, African Petroleum Sign MOU

Liberian Maritime Authorioty, African Petroleum Sign MOU

The Liberian Maritime Authority (LMA) and the African Petroleum Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) targeting human resource capacity building in the oil and gas sectors of Liberia. LMA is the regulator of Liberia’s costal and marine resources, while African Petroleum is a renowned oil company currently drilling oil in the country. The landmark MOU focuses on building domestic capacity in the oil and gas sectors of Liberia, the protection and harnessing of Liberia’s beaches and waterways, technology transfer, development of monitoring and surveillance facilities and the awarding of scholarships to deserving Liberians desirous of professional occupations in different marine and oil disciplines.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Maritime Commissioner, Beyan Kesselly (in photo), said the Commission is delighted over the MOU, noting, it is a milestone agreement.

He said the document sets the platform for Liberians to acquire skills training into different fields associated with the petroleum and oil sectors.

Said the Maritime Commissioner: “African Petroleum has demonstrated its commitment to a true partnership with the people of Liberia.”

He pointed out that the deal is a strategic deal which further substantiates that it remains strategically engaged in maintaining Liberia as a premier Maritime Nation through human resource training and development consistent with the President’s vision of “Building a Maritime Nation.”

For his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of African Petroleum (AP), Karl Thomson, said his company is profoundly upbeat about the MOU.

According to him, the deal serves as a testament of its commitment to Corporate Responsibility as a 21st century corporation.

He said AP will continue to work with the people of Liberia towards its post war development process.

Meanwhile, AP will bear all costs (with the exception of administrative costs) associated with this venture under the MOU, something which the company described as the beginning of its many earmarked contributions to the oil and gas sectors of Liberia.

By Emmanuel Weedee, Heritage Newspaper, Liberia

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