London – The Government of Liberia has presented a check of 2.9 million British Pounds to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as its periodic assessed contribution.
The amount, roughly equivalent to US$3.6M or LD$348M, was presented to IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim by Liberia' Permanent Representative to the IMO, Ambassador Isaac W. Jackson, Jr. on Friday morning.
The payment is based upon Liberia’s confirmed position as the second largest ship registry in the world.
The Liberian-flag fleet currently stands at 4,167 vessels, exceeding the historic milestone of 150 million gross tons.
Ambassador Jackson said the contribution symbolizes Liberia's commitment to the objectives of the IMO and its expectations of mutuality as we continue to strengthen and expand Liberia’s 58-year relationship with the International Maritime Organization.
Jackson told the Secretary-General that making such huge payments amidst difficult financial situation back home testifies to Liberia’s continued commitment and desire to support the work of the IMO.
In furtherance of Liberia’s support for the works of the IMO, Jackson informed the Secretary General that a Special Committee has been set up to navigate the high seas of diplomacy among IMO's 171 Member States in seeking Liberia’s Re-election to the International Maritime Council.
He noted that given Liberia's high number of registered vessels and enormous financial contributions, her election to IMO Council in Category A should be automatic without reservations, but added that Liberia is at the moment confident with membership on the Council and looks forward to building a wonderful partnership.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Jackson has used the occasion to restate the condolence of the Government of Liberia to the people of the United Kingdom and other affected nationals on the terror attack two days ago.
He noted that the maritime industry is greatly concerned about global peace and security as a guarantee for the growth of the sector, and gave assurances of Liberia’s solidarity in ensuring that those self-serving terrorists are stopped from their evil plan to keep the world in a state of fear.
The Secretary General, in receiving the check thanked Liberia for being one of the first to pay in full its Annual Assessment Contribution for 2017, expressing the hope that others would follow suit. He then wished Liberia well in its efforts to maintain membership on the IMO Council.
Ambassador Jackson was accompanied to the presentation by the Alternate Permanent Representative, Mr. Harry T. Conway; Senior Advisor, Dr. Gustav Barnard; the Technical Manager at the Liberia International Shipping and Corporate Registry (LISCR), Mr. Gerard Kenney and the Minister Counselor for Press & Public Affairs at the Liberian Embassy in London, Mr. Albert Jaja.