Ivan Tumbey, president of the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL), has appealed to the government and business organizations for US$240,000 to construct the association’s national headquarters.
At a ‘One Bag of Cement Rally’ organized by the association, Tumbey told the gathering that there is a need for the NCBAL to have its own headquarters to enable members to effectively run the affairs of the association and be able to host future conferences.
He said it is shameful for Liberia as a member of the Board of the International Federation of Customs Brokers to be renting an office space at present.
The launch of the rally, Tumbey said, is to make every member feel a part of the construction and to take ownership of the entire project. “The association wants to take the lead in starting the construction project before looking up to partners or external aid,” he added.
When constructed, Tumbey explained, the building will be used to host international conferences including those organized by the World Federation of Customs Brokers. The new customs brokers’ headquarters is expected to be constructed in the Freeport Community on Bushrod Island opposite City Builders, a few yards away from the Freeport of Monrovia.
Several members of the association made cash payments and pledged individually and on behalf of their respective agencies.
The NCBAL is an association operating under the laws of Liberia. It serves as a liaison between customers and government in clearing and forwarding goods at various ports of entries across the