Arab Maritime Academy establishes partnership with LiMA

Talks aimed at enhancing cooperation between the Liberia Maritime Authority and the Arab Maritime Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt were held at the Egyptian Embassy on 20th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia.

During the meeting, which was held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, the President of the Arab Maritime Academy for Science and Technology, H.E Prof. Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghafar Ismail, assured the Liberia Maritime Commissioner, Hon. Binyah Kesselley that his institution is willing to provide training, as well as study opportunities for Liberians in any field of discipline being offered by the academy.

The Arab Maritime Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, was established in 1972 and offers degrees in various disciplines, including education, research, maritime, consultancy, engineering as well as education and computer science.

Dr. Ghafar said Egypt looks forward to fruitful collaboration with Liberia. “I am willing to put all we have in the Arab Academy for the Liberian people. We are ready for any cooperation and in any fields,” he said.

He said the Academy has exchange programs with several countries around the world, including France and Canada, and currently hosts students from a number of African countries, including Nigeria. Dr. Ghafar promised to admit Liberian students at the Academy at both graduate and post-graduate levels immediately.

For his part, Commissioner Kesselly welcomed Dr. Ghafar and his delegation to Liberia and assured him that the Liberia Maritime Authority is open for cooperation with its Egyptian counterpart on issues of mutual interests. Commissioner Kesselley said the LiMA intends to train up to 10,000 Liberians in the maritime industry in the next 10 years, noting that partnership with the Arab Maritime Academy and other friendly institutions would go a long way in achieving this goal. “We are hoping to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Maritime Academy for mutual cooperation and transfer of technology to Liberia,” he said.

Commissioner Kesselly pointed out to his visiting counterpart that Liberia is exploring all opportunities to train sufficient manpower for jobs in the maritime sector.

Mr. Maha El-Adawy, Egyptian Ambassador to Liberia assured his government’s commitment to building bridges of mutual cooperation in areas of interest. Thereafter, the delegation toured the facilities of the Liberia Marine Training Institute in Marshall City, Margibi County.

Commissioner Kesselly was a guest of AASTMT in Cairo, Egypt on March 21, 2012 when .

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