Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has inaugurated the Liberia Internet exchange Point with a call for young Liberians to use the facility to enhance their learning and broaden their knowledge.
Veep Boakai said inaugurating the IXP is part of government’s overall commitment to cement the face of Liberia in the comity of nations. “We should let this be an opportunity to showcase Liberia, our rich culture and the diversity that makes us who we are. Let us use this as an open-door to the world and get the best out of it,” he said.
The Vice President added, “Record shows that for the past 9 years, the President and I have fought to make sure that civil liberties were protected so that economic growth does not come on the backs of exploited people.”
He noted that the government’s concern is that businesses adhere to environmental standards so that families continue to enjoy clean air and the water that they deserve, no matter how close they live to concession sites or to other industrial facilities. Veep Boakia said, “We have and will continue to fight corruption.”
The Liberian Vice President continued, “We launch this IXP, we continue the process of turning our development compass towards a clearer view of what is happening in the world around us so that our students, business entrepreneurs, investors, and our general citizenry can help accelerate economic development.”
He said these exercises are all part of the processes that lead Liberians gradually to poverty reduction, noting that a comprehensive decentralized Liberia will lead to social healing and the rise of a stakeholder society, vibrant, accountable, transparent, and with opportunities for all.
“As we commission this facility today, we like to recognize the leadership of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in the way they have worked with all stakeholders to translate our vision to reality. We are also happy that the African Union has fulfilled its commitment to Liberia and I am glad to say with one step at a time, we have addressed another critical infrastructure need in our sector by establishing the Liberia Internet Exchange Point,” Vice President Boakai said.
Speaking earlier, Post and Telecommunication Minister Dr. Frederick Nokeh lauded the African Union (AU) for installing the facility and training Liberians to keep it running without any cost to Liberia.
He also lauded the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) and internet service providers for their financial contribution to the project.
The Minister said the Liberia internet Exchange Point will not internet service faster and cheaper and at the same time enhance connectivity in 2010 AU Heads of State adopted and passed a resolution aimed to increasing internet access on the continent and subsequently bring it on par with other continents.
The Liberia Internet Exchange Point was realized following series of workshops and discussions as well as the training of engineers and installation of the facility by the African Union team headed by Mr. Moctar Yedaly, head of the Information Society Division of the AU.