‘Interdict New Cargo Tracking Regime Pending Senate Inquiry’

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Sen. Sherman wants the "Committee on Commerce Interdict and prohibit agreement... pending conclusion of the Senate's inquiry..."

-Senator Sherman urges as Senate invites NPA, GT&MS, Chamber of Commerce to give evidence

Members of the Senate comprising over 25 senators sitting on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, unanimously voted to mandate its Committee on Commerce and Industry, Defense, Intelligence and Security to invite the National Port Authority (NPA), Global Tracking and Maritime Solutions Holdings (GT&MS) and the Chamber of Commerce to give evidence about the deal concerning the new cargo tracking regime.

The Senate’s decision came as a result of a communication from Senator Varney Sherman, in which he cited alarming articles in local newspapers about a new cargo tracking regime under consideration by the NPA.

According to Senator Sherman’s communication dated February 4, 2019, the public has been alerted to the new tracking regime by the Liberia Chamber of Commerce, which comprises the Liberia Business Association, Fula Business Association, World Lebanese Cultural Union, Indian Association, Liberia Bankers Association, Custom Brokers Association and many other organizations involved in the country’s Commerce.

“It is my understanding that because of the seriousness of the matter, the Honorable House of Representatives Committee on Contracts, Concessions and Investments has taken charge of it and invited both the NPA and the GT&MS, who are parties to this new cargo tracking regime, to submit themselves to an investigation, because of the economic implications of this cargo tracking regime,” Sherman said.

“The limited research, which I have conducted on this new Cargo Tracking Regime,” Sen. Sherman said, “reveals that as recently as November 2018, the Sierra Leone Ports Authority cancelled a cargo tracking regime it had pursuant to an agreement with the private company.”

In the communication, Sen. Sherman called on his colleagues to take the same initiative as the House of Representatives by having the Senate Committee on Commerce and Industry investigate “into this new cargo tracking regime before it takes effect.”

In mandating the Commerce committee to investigate the matter, Sen. Sherman also urged the Senate to instruct that the NPA, the GT&MS Holdings and the Liberia Chamber of Commerce be invited to give evidence.

“I further urge you to have the Committee on Commerce interdict and prohibit the agreement, which the NPA and the Global Tracking & Maritime Solutions Holdings have entered into pending the conclusion of the Senate’s inquiry into this matter,” Sen. Sherman said.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Legislative oversight isn’t playing to the gallery by cussing and acting the fool, thanks Senator Sherman.

  2. Why is it that we continue to create hardships for the suffering masses of the country especially the economic and living standards of the citizens of Liberia? Public officials continued to make policies to the detriment of us all in the name of creating revenues and job opportunities in the country.
    Today, we are facing a bogus contract signed by the new management of the National Port Authority. Allowing a company from outside and without a good tracking record of its past activities, is tantamount to a genocide for us as Liberians. What kind of real achievement will we as Liberians reap from these people’s? Is it that no Liberian company can effectively handle this kind of process? What kind of impact and real improvement will this bring to the lives of Liberians. The collection of funds from this process will only satisfy and to fatten the coffers of government officials.
    Are you telling me that the government is so desperate that they want to only think about what they can reap through bogus contracts? Look at the recent news again about the President of the country signing a dummy contract in allowing Senegalese to come and fishing in Liberia. Are you really aware of the people you are dealing with? When did Liberia get to really have a good standing relationship with a Francophone African country?
    The French speaking African countries do not like the English speaking African countries. I lived in this country for nine years and I know what I am talking of. There can be no way for this country to have gone this way to help Liberia. These people are Hustlers and poverty stricken country with no expertise to help us. Why is this government is so desperate to make us to believe thattheyarebringing in Investirs into Liberia? Why can’t you train Liberians in these areas to ably handle these undertakings?
    One of the most effective ways of Liberi improving its civil service functions is to have an advanced set up of modern technologies in various offices such as the ministry of Agriculture-fishery department, the national Port Authority and other institutioni of the country.
    Administratively, we need to be effective and to go above and beyond in executing our assigned duties. Liberians, let us wake up from our slumber.

  3. Millions of downtrodden have been undergoing abject poverty starting 1990 and in spite of reportedly over USD $12 billion in foreign direct investments, therefore, nothing “dummy” about identifying potential sources of jobs and revenues. What should be paramount in an emerging postwar economy such as ours is effective checks and balances as ongoing in this story.

    Let’s allow constituted institutions to do their jobs and hold them accountable later. After all, the backwardness, underdevelopment, hardship, and institutional mess has been cruising undisputed since 1847, so, the righteous indignation of some today sounds phony. This government, like all new ones in poor countries, needs time and money: Period.

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