We comment on reports that Liberia intends to adopt the metric system.
It was reported a few days ago that the Liberian Government has decided that the country should adopt the metric system:
The outcome of this decision will depend on the effectiveness of implementation and on continuing commitment from everyone involved until the job is done, as has been shown by laggards around the globe including the USA, the UK and a number of Caribbean islands. We await developments with interest.
This means that every country in the world has adopted or is in the process of adopting the metric system as its primary system of measurement – an advance that has taken around 225 years from start to finish. Phew!
The Republic of Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonisation Society, whose members believed that black people would face better chances for freedom and prosperity in Africa than in the United States. In 1847, Liberia was the first African republic to proclaim its independence, and is Africa’s first and oldest modern republic. English is the official language. Liberia’s links to the USA may explain its adherence to US Customary measures, long after other African countries had switched to metric.