MONROVIA-The Liberia Media Advocacy Group for Fisheries and Ocean Governance (LiMAGFOG) has welcomed the selection of National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) Director General, Madam Emma Metieh Glassco as keynote speaker for the 58th anniversary of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).
The upcoming PUL’s anniversary is expected to take place in Sanniquellie City, Nimba County on Friday September 30, 2022.
Madam Glassco was recently announced by the chairman of the anniversary preparatory committee on OK FM 99.5, a local radio station in Monrovia following the NaFAA Director General’s acceptance to serve as keynote speaker for the program.
In a release issued in Monrovia on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, LiMAGFOG described the selection of Madam Glassco as one of the best picks in the history of the Press Union of Liberia.
The fisheries media advocacy group believes having the NaFAA Director General as orator for the PUL anniversary will add value to the union, considering her outstanding performance in public service.
The release further quotes the media organization as saying the decision to have selected a character of unquestionable public service record, and a woman who has had no record of suppressing free press in Liberia should be celebrated by all journalists across the country.
The NaFAA Boss is expected to expand on “Digital Business Model, the New Way in Media Marketing, the theme for this year’s anniversary, having utilized the digital space to attract support to the fisheries sector and mobilize revenue through its licensing regime.
“NaFAA has been very successful in the maximum utilization of digital media. Through this, information relating to the sector is easily communicated. It’s expected she will use her experience in the fisheries sector to inspire journalists and the public”.
Born as a native of the oldest independent Republic in Africa, Liberia, Mrs. Emma Metieh-Glassco is an achieved young Ocean Governance Expert with infinite experience (over eight years) and knowledge in both fisheries and maritime sectors. She obtained her Master of Science (MSc) in Maritime Affairs with emphasis in Ocean Sustainability Governance and Management from the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden, where she extensively covered the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other related maritime course modules such as International Maritime law and Policy, Multilateral Diplomacy and Negotiations etc.
She also obtained a diploma in Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries Management in Australia from the Australia National University (ANU). At ANU she was afforded an opportunity to visit Rhodes University in Mauritius, East Africa, where she participated in a training on Sustainable Fisheries Management.
As a maritime professional, Madam Glassco, served her Internship at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London, United Kingdom. During her internship, she was privileged to serve as a National Observer at high level international conventions working sessions such as, the 71st session of the Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the 67th session of the Technical Cooperation Committee (TCC) organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the Abidjan Convention COP12 in Ivory Coast, West Africa.
Premised on her concrete academic credentials, professional competence and personal skills, the President of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah reposed his implicit confidence in her person, through a Presidential appointment in February 2018 to serve as the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), a regulatory body and revenue generating arm of the government of Liberia; being one of privileged few to have received a national mandate following the President’s inauguration on 22nd January 2018.
As Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NaFAA, she is charged with the mandate as enshrined in the Act establishing the Authority to regulate all fisheries and fisheries related activities, inclusive of Aquaculture within the Republic of Liberia, and to maximize revenue generation thereby enabling an increased contribution to the National budget of the Republic of Liberia; as well as to establish and strengthen relations with international bodies aimed at attracting potential investments for the development of the fisheries sector.
Finally, Madam Glassco served as a volunteer Global Youth Ambassador to Liberia for the United Nations as the first female, promoting and advocating for “Girls Quality Education”, the UN-Secretary Special Envoy on Global Education Initiative.
The Liberia Media Advocacy Group for Fisheries and Ocean Governance is a legally established and first pro-development media organization that has vested interest in reporting on fisheries and the ocean.
Established in March 2022, the media organization runs the ‘Fisheries Journalist Network of Liberia, Fisheries Journal newspaper and online FISH Tv.