Disagreement erupts over APM Terminals deal


Written by Julius Kanubah
Source: Star Radio Liberia

Intense disagreement has erupted among a team of government representatives over the APM Terminals agreement for the Freeport of Monrovia.
The disagreement followed concerns by the National Port Authority Managing Director over several components of the 120 million US dollars agreement.
In a briefing to a joint committee of the House, Madam Matilda Parker said there is no component on the impact of the agreement on the employees.
She also expressed concern over a clause for the concessionaire to operate a 30-mile radius exclusively, low royalty payment and national risk of marine services.
The NPB boss observed the estimated cost of the marginal wharf was too high coupled with increasing tariff on rice and cement.
Madam Parker also revealed the NPA board did not have access to the APM Terminals agreement and was form part of its signing ceremony.
Her argument was supported by NPA Board Chairman Beyan Kessely.
But, representatives of the President’s office, Justice Ministry and National Investment Commission fully supported the passage of the agreement.
Messrs. Patrick Sendolo, Deputy Justice Minister Sam Ross and NIC Policy Coordinator Vaanii Baker said the agreement is in the national interest.
During the hearing, some lawmakers and the Executive Director of the PPCC Peggy Meres expressed disappointment over the split among the Executive team.

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