28 December 2009

Liberia: China to Hand Over Several Projects 2010

Chinese Ambassador Zhuo Yuxiao says all ongoing Chinese-sponsored projects in the country will be completed and formally turned over to the Liberian Government on July 26, 2010.

Ambassador Zhou named the ongoing rehabilitation of the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County; the construction of the University of Liberia's Fendell Campus as well as the Tappita Hospital in Nimba County as projects expected to be dedicated in 2010.

The Chinese envoy also hailed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Government of Liberia for the level of progress achieved in the country since her incumbency.

He reiterated the strong ties subsisting between the Republic of Liberia and the People's Republic of China and added that following the dedication of those projects, China will engage the Government of Liberia to discuss programs for the next three years.

Ambassador Zhou made the statement recently during a reception held at a local Hotel by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in honor of some staff of the Ministry who went on study tours in China during the year 2009.

The Assistant Foreign Minister for Public Affairs, Mr. Josephus M. Gray, extolled the Chinese Ambassador and the Government of the People's Republic of China for supporting Liberia's recovery efforts.

He recounted the cordial ties subsisting between Liberia and China, and the enormous projects the Chinese Government is undertaking in the country.

Speaking further, Mr. Gray appealed to the Chinese envoy to extend scholarships to more Liberians particularly those in both the public and private sector to enhance the country's capacity building drive.

Minister Gray then commended the Chinese military contingent serving with UNMIL for constructing a road linking Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties in southeast Liberia.

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