Liberia has become the first ship registry to be admitted to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) as an associate member.
The MACN, established in 2011, has over 100 members globally and works towards the elimination of all forms of maritime corruption by raising awareness of the challenges faced.
By collaborating with governments, non-governmental organizations and civil society, the MACN attempts to develop best practices and implement anti-corruption principles.
Read the “Trade Costs and Corruption in Ports” technical paper for further discussion on the issue of corruption
Alfonso Castillero, CCO of the Liberian Registry, commented: “We are greatly honoured to be the first ship registry admitted as an associate member of the MACN. The organization has done great work fighting corrupt practices in some of the most difficult regions in the industry.
“MACN’s model of government and local partner collaboration, and industry-led collective action, is considered global best-practice. It’s not often the shipping sector gets that sort of recognition.”
Liberia, whose fleet of over 4000 vessels trades in some of the world’s most difficult regions, offers a unique perspective and opportunity in the fight for a maritime industry free of corruption.
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Together with MACN, the Liberian Registry will provide the crew of its ships with its processes and procedures to defeat bribery attempts.
Cecilia Müller Torbrand, MACN’s Programme Director, added: “As we have already shown, strength in numbers is a central part of how MACN can drive change.
“It is vital we look for ways to include maritime-related businesses who want to take part in this fight. Flag states are a central part of the shipping world and we look forward to the contributions Liberia will make to MACN’s future efforts.”