Liberia to Seek Election to International Maritime Council

first_imgIMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim and Ambassador Isaac JacksonLiberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization, Ambassador Isaac W. Jackson Jr., has announced the country’s intention of seeking re-election as a Category C Member of the International Maritime Council.Ambassador Jackson made the declaration at a Friday meeting with the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, in London.Amb. Jackson said this ambition is a further expression of Liberia’s commitment to the global partnership that works towards a safe and collaborative environment for the development of the Maritime industry.Speaking from London, he noted that a place on the 40-member Council would grant Liberia voting rights and enhance the nation’s involvement with the IMO. Liberia already has one of the largest shipping registries in the world, second only to Panama.Ambassador Jackson recalled Liberia’s active role from the formation of the IMO back in 1959, noting that as a traditional leader in the global maritime infrastructure, Liberia will remain steadfast in contributing in whatever way to strengthen the sector and increase its value in the world.Jackson appreciated the significant benefits that the maritime sector brings to Liberia, especially through trading vessels that call daily at Liberia’s ports, as well as training opportunities through the Integrated Technical Co-operation Program (ITCP) towards attaining uniform global technical standards.Jackson expressed hope that working together in pursuance of IMO’s mandate, they will succeed in making the maritime industry more sustainable, safer and more responsive to changing security, technological and environmental approaches.Ambassador Jackson also conveyed the kindest regards of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia, and added that his appointment has a global outreach, and a further indication of the government’s continued determination to collaborate with other Member States and the Secretariat.For his part, the Secretary-General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, expressed satisfaction for the high quality standards being used in the management of the Liberian maritime program, stating that said standards was contributing to maritime safety in the world. He then praised Liberia’s representation at the IMO, describing it as outstanding.He concluded by saying that Liberia has a rich maritime history and as such, he was looking forward to working with its new Permanent Representative.Ambassador Jackson was accompanied to the meeting by the Alternate Permanent Representative Mr. Harry T. Conway; Senior Advisor, Dr Gustav Barnard; and Minister Counselor for Press & Public Affairs, Mr. Albert Jaja.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Intellectual property hot for economy

first_img NBC Universal Executive Vice President and General Counsel Rick Cotton said that not only do theft and counterfeiting jeopardize the intellectual property-intensive sectors of the U.S. economy, but also the ability of American workers to compete in a marketplace that has become increasingly global. “Intellectual property protection is the bedrock on which this economic growth rests,” Cotton stated. “This study makes clear that intellectual property is the lifeblood of both growth and high-wage employment in the United States.” The study was conducted by Stephen E. Siwek, a principal at Washington, D.C.-based Economics Incorporated, a research and consulting firm. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Theft and counterfeiting of intellectual property of all types is a serious and growing problem for the U.S. economy,” Wright stated. “This study provides important empirical evidence of just how much is at stake.” Among the other findings: The industry’s employers are among the largest and highest-paying in the U.S., representing 18 million workers who earn an average of 40 percent more than all U.S. workers. The industry is responsible for 20 percent of the total of U.S. private industry’s contribution to the Gross National Product. In 2003, the core copyright industries contributed $33 billion in reported net export revenues, one of the largest positive contributors to U.S. balance of trade. Intellectual property industries such as music, movies and television are contributing mightily to U.S. economic growth and have much to lose if widespread digital piracy is not stemmed, according to a study released Monday by NBC Universal. The study, “Engines of Growth: The Economic Contributions of the U.S. Intellectual Property Industries,” found that these industries are one of the major growth drivers in the U.S. economy. They are contributing nearly 40 percent of the growth achieved by private industry and close to 60 percent of the growth of exportable high-value products and services, the study stated. Bob Wright, vice chairman of GE and chairman and CEO of NBC Universal, said the study puts into focus how much is at stake in the war against the illegal downloading of creative content. last_img read more