Liberia Adopts 5-yr Strategic Plan

first_imgA two-day strategic meeting amongst national stakeholders ended over the weekend with the acceptance of a five-year strategic plan on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)–a framework of the African Union (AU).The 5-year Strategic Plan (2015-2020) is primarily aimed to foster political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental integration in the country in consonance with the AU’s agenda.The Strategic Plan was completed and adopted on Saturday, August 15, in the conference room of the National Authorizing Office in Monrovia, after four years since Liberia was formally accepted into the APRM.Prior to the adoption, the Minister for Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, who is the chairman of the Committee of APRM Focal Point, appointed the National Secretariat, headed by Atty. Lawrence Randall.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, an immediate past chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum, appointed the members of the National Governing Council (NGC) of the APRM Country Program.The NGC comprises of stakeholders from various sectors of Liberian society, and provides policy and strategic direction for the rollout of the APRM County Program. They are appointed for a two-year term.Those appointed included Ma Kebeh Monger (Rural Women Association), Stephen Johnson (Ministry of Finance and Development Planning), Lafayette Gould (Political Parties), and Emmanuel David (General Auditing Commission).Others are Dee Maxwell Kemanyah (Liberia Business Association), Malcolm Joseph (Center for Media Studies and Peace Building) Janjay Jacobs (Traditional Council), Kadiker Rex Dahn (National Commission on Higher Education) and Rev. Fallah S. Boimah Cymbianoh (National Union of Organizations of the Disabled).Speaking on behalf of the National Governing Council, the newly elected Chairman, Dee Maxwell Kemanyah thanked President Sirleaf for their appointment and said the APRM was initiated and established in 2003, and Liberia formally acceded to the APRM in January 2011.Mr. Kemanyah said at the continental level, Liberia has played a prominent role in the APRM process amongst which she became the chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum, a committee of Heads of States and Governments.“Our vision is for Liberia to become a responsible and accountable member of the APRM where political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration are upheld by its citizens,” Mr. Kemanyah said.For his part, Atty. Randall said he would work with all stakeholders, including local and traditional authorities, the development donor partners, civil society and APRM member countries and structures to ensure the realization of Liberia’s vision in the APRM program.He said the APRM program would be domesticated for five years and would amongst other initiatives provide collaborative support, facilitation to state efforts and initiatives in the area of democracy, political, corporate, socio-economic governance and development.Mr. Paul James-Allen is the consultant of the Liberia APRM Program. Validation of the 5-year Strategic Plan would be done on Monday, the 31st of August, to be used as a legal action plan.The forum brought together the Liberia APRM Strategic National Secretariat, National Governance Council and civil society leaders, government officials and religious groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MSC Cruises and Fincantieri announce agreement

first_imgMSC Cruises and Fincantieri announce agreementMSC Cruises and Fincantieri announce agreementToday at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Cruises officially took delivery of its new flagship MSC Seaside. The delivery ceremony took place in the presence of Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic, Graziano Delrio, Italy’s Minister of Infrastructures and Transports, as well as other authorities and dignitaries.At the delivery ceremony of MSC Seaside, the Company’ second newly-built ship to come into service in 2017, MSC Cruises and Fincantieri also signed orders for the construction of two Seaside EVO ships, a further evolution of the Seaside Class prototype, for a total investment of €1.8 billion.MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said: “MSC Seaside coming into service marks another key milestone in the history and future of our Company, but she also embodies a pivotal moment for the industry. In fact, she is the first ship of the fifth new prototype that we bring into service and introduces a wholly-innovative product that sets a new standard for the industry to follow. The Seaside Class of ships is designed to bring guests closer to the sea and to operate in sunny waters, while continuing to push the boundaries of maritime and guest-centric technology.”Mr Vago added: “As we are nearing the end of 2017, we can look back on a year when we enjoyed unprecedented capacity growth. With two of the more innovative new ships in the industry having come into service in the past six months and now with the addition of two Seaside EVO ships to our investment plan, we are now even better positioned to further extend our global footprint. We are expecting the delivery of at least one new ship each year through 2026, with six to have come into service between 2017 and 2020. ”Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “We are proud to have accomplished such an important project: a ship, for a new customer, the largest one ever built in Italy. This demonstrates not only our ability to satisfy the needs of the shipowners, but also the extraordinary operational level which Fincantieri has achieved. In fact, I would like to highlight that “Seaview”, the sister ship of “Seaside”, will be delivered in just 6 months, in this same shipyard”. Bono added: “we believe we have built a highly innovative ship with MSC. She marks a further technological quality leap. Such a milestone has allowed us to gain the customer’s loyalty with another order for two new ships, which will [again] represent a real evolution.”Following the new agreement between MSC Cruises and Fincantieri, the initial slot reservation agreement to build a third Seaside Class ship to be delivered in 2021, has been replaced to instead build the first of two Seaside EVO ships. The second ship is set to come into service in 2023.Key specs for the new Seaside EVO are as follows:Length/beam: 339m/41mGross tonnage: 169,380 GRTLSA: 7,280In addition to offering even more space, Seaside EVO ships will have greater dimensions, more cabins, an even larger Yacht Club – with an additional deck and larger cabins — and will be hosting up to 5,646 passengers. At the same time, just like the Seaside Class, the Seaside EVO ships will be equipped with the latest advanced environmental technology, including: a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, an advanced active emissions control technology system, that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) into harmless nitrogen (N2) and water; exhaust gas cleaning (EGC) technology to meet the strictest exhaust regulations in port and in operating areas; state-of-the-art waste management and recycling systems; advanced water treatment systems – going above and beyond regulatory standards and meeting the highest industry standards; and, an advanced energy and heat recovery system. Across the ships, there will be the latest generation of energy-saving devices and all areas will feature LED lighting. The ships will be ultra-hydrodynamic and thanks to optimized hull lines, propellers and rudders, combined with the latest anti-fouling paint, wave resistance will be further reduced, and greater fuel-efficiency will be achieved.With the addition of these new ships, the Company’s already industry-unprecedented investment plan will now account for 12 new ships to be built by 2026, for an overall investment of EUR 10.5 billionDuring today’s delivery ceremony, which pays tribute to centuries-old maritime tradition, Roberto Olivari, Fincantieri’s shipyard director, handed over to Pier Paolo Scala, Master of MSC Seaside, an ampoule holding the first water that touched the hull when the ship was floated out earlier this year. After the closing of the delivery ceremony, MSC Seaside will set sail for Trieste. From there, she will continue to Miami for her naming ceremony on 21 December.MSC Seaside is the first ship in the Seaside Class and a completely new prototype pushing the boundaries of innovative ship building and design. At 153,516 GRT and with a guest capacity of 5,119, she is the second newly-built next-generation mega cruise ship in the MSC Cruises fleet and the first one to be delivered by Fincantieri.MSC Seaside will be homeporting in Miami and will begin her first sailing in the Caribbean where she will call at various ports in the East and West CaribbeanFresh on the heels of MSC Seaside, her sister ship MSC Seaview will come into service in June 2018, starting her summer season in the Mediterranean Today at the delivery ceremony, Mr Vago also announced that MSC Seaview will be christened in Civitavecchia, Italy, on June 2, 2018.Source = MSC Cruiseslast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCrystal River Cruises has unveiled the 2020 European schedule offered on its fleet of five all-suite luxury river ships – Crystal Mozart and identical sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel – available to book now.The collection includes an increased number of seven-day voyages, and sailings up to 16 days in length that aim to immerse travellers in the distinctive charm, architecture, traditions, festivals, Christmas markets, wines and cuisine of Bavaria and beyond.Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 itineraries include:Rhine & Moselle river cruises: Crystal Bach and Crystal Debussy“Legendary Rhine,” 7 nights, Basel to Amsterdam: Featuring overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France.“Romantic Rhine,” 7 nights, Amsterdam to Basel: Featuring overnights in Koblenz and Amsterdam; calling in Cologne, Rüdesheim and Mannheim, Germany; and Strasbourg, France.“Tulips and Windmills,” 7 nights, round-trip Amsterdam: Calling in Kinderdjik, Hoorn, Rotterdam and Middleburg, Netherlands; and Ghent and Antwerp, Belgium.“Enchanting Moselle,” 10 nights, round-trip Amsterdam: Featuring overnight stays in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Trier, Germany; calling in Dusseldorf, Koblenz, Bernkastel, Chochem and Bonn, Germany; and Arnhem, Netherlands.“Rhine Christmas Markets,” 10 nights, Amsterdam to Basel/Basel to Amsterdam: Featuring double overnight stays in Basel and Amsterdam, as well as overnights in Koblenz and Rüdesheim (Northbound only), Germany; calling in Rüdesheim, Speyer, Breisach, Cologne and Mainz (Northbound only), Germany; and Strasbourg, France (Northbound only).Danube River cruises: Crystal Mozart, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel“Delightful Danube,” 7 nights, Budapest to Regensburg/Regensburg to Budapest: Featuring overnights in Budapest, Regensburg and Vienna; calling in Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Germany, as well as cruising the Wachau Valley.“Danube Serenade,” 7 nights, Vienna to Budapest/Budapest to Vienna: Featuring overnights in Vienna and Budapest; calling in Weissenkirchen (Crystal Mozart only), Dürnstein, Melk, Linz and Krems, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia, and cruising the celebrated Wachau Valley.“Treasures of the Danube,” 10 nights, round-trip Vienna: Overnighting in Budapest and Passau; calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein, Melk and Linz, Austria; and cruising the Wachau Valley.Ultimate journeys: Danube, Rhine & Main Rivers combined“Grand Europe,” 16 nights, Budapest to Amsterdam/Amsterdam to Budapest: Overnighting in Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam, Regensburg (westbound only) and Rüdesheim (eastbound only); calling in Bratislava, Slovakia; Dürnstein and Melk, Austria; and Passau, Regensburg, Nürnburg, Rüdesheim, Bamberg, Cologne, Miltenberg and Würzburg, Germany, as well as Koblenz, Germany and the Middle Rhine River Valley on the westbound route.Holiday Cruises21 December 2020 – Crystal Ravel Holiday Cruise, 12 nights, Regensburg to Vienna with New Year’s Eve in Vienna: Beginning with an overnight in Regensburg and spending double overnights in Budapest and Vienna, including New Year’s Eve, and an overnight in Linz; calling in Passau, Germany; Melk and Krems, Austria; Esztergom, Hungary; and Bratislava, Slovakia.22 December 2020 – Crystal Bach Holiday Cruise, 11 nights, Basel to Amsterdam with New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam: Featuring overnights in Basel, Rüdesheim and Breisach and a double overnight in Amsterdam, including New Year’s Eve; calling in Strasbourg, France; Mannheim, Worms, Koblenz and Dusseldorf, Germany; Arnhem and Lelystad, Netherlands.23 December, 2020 – Crystal Mahler Holiday Cruise, 10 nights, Vienna to Budapest with New Year’s Eve in Budapest: With double overnights in Vienna and Budapest, the cruise features New Year’s Eve in Budapest; calling in Melk and Linz, Austria, as well as cruising the Wachau Valley; Vilshofen, Regensburg and Passau, Germany; and Bratislava, Slovakia.Fares for Crystal River Cruises’ 2020 voyages begin at $2,549 per person.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more