The Liberia Telecommunications Authority or LTA plays host to 11 member states of the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) this week for its Annual General Meeting.
Their meeting here comes on the heels of the ECOWAS parliamentary conference, which suggests that Liberia is once again becoming a key player in global and sub-regional affairs 12 years after a civil unrest that saw the death of 250,000 Liberians and the destruction properties worth millions.
President and Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS States, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to deliver a Special Statement to start the occasion and LTA Chairperson Angelique Weeks will be ascending to WATRA’s Chairmanship for the following year.
The WATRA Annual General Meeting will be preceded by a two day conference, Tuesday and Wednesday, on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation.
A special workshop on global maritime safety systems will be done by Iridium, a company specializing in satellite constellation during the WATRA meeting which starts Thursday. Iridium provides voice and data coverage over the Earth’s entire surface. It is of particular interest to Liberia because the nation is the second largest maritime carrier.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly was born out of the need to address present realities in the telecommunications industry in the sub-region while focusing on the need for West Africa to evolve a harmonized regulatory identity to boost investment and investor-confidence and to more effectively regulate and monitor telecommunications service.