Despite the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, its National Port Authority (NPA) has reported revenue in 2014 of more than US$27 million, according to Hellenic Shipping News.
The NPA’s Managing Director, Matilda Parker, said: “We would have had a double amount, but we all know the story about this deadly disease. This epidemic which ravaged our economy scared away investors who mostly used our port system to transport goods to Liberia.”
Revenue has been generated through various ports in the country, including the Port of Buchanan and the Port of Harper.
Parker went on to say that plans are currently underway to attract more foreign ships to the ports.
She said: “We have already started carrying out major work at some of the four ports like Buchanan [which] has been raised to international standard and a good number of ships are now docking there, which is good for our economy.”
Parker concluded by saying that the NPA is currently upgrading its port facilities in a bid to increase the number of vessels docking in Liberia from 500 to 5,000 every year.
(Source: Huffington Post)