12 September 2012

Liberia: Ministerial Complex to Be Second Largest China's Project in Africa

The Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) through its Ambassador here, Zhao Jianhua, has disclosed that the Liberia's Ministerial Complex will be the second-largest project constructed by China in Africa.

The project will cost China more than US$60 million. The new complex is expected to accommodate 10 government ministries and agencies. Ambassador Jianhua made the disclosure at the official signing ceremony of the agreement between the Governments of China and Liberia for the construction of the Liberia's Ministerial Complex.

The signing ceremony was held in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill, Monrovia. According to the agreement, the Liberian Government is required to provide land for said project while the Chinese side will assume responsibility for the construction of the Ministerial Complex.

The ceremony was attended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as well as several high-ranking government officials, including Cabinet Ministers and heads of public corporations. Hear the Chinese envoy: "I am very happy that the signing ceremony of the construction of this project has finally taken place. I am extremely happy for such a project for the people of Liberia."

Ambassador Jianhua said the project will save the Government of Liberia (GOL) a lot of money since it will no longer pay rent to property owners, noting, the money will now be used toward other developmental initiatives. He said the initiative would improve relationships among civil servants who will now be working in the same environment.

The Chinese envoy also observed that the new building, when completed, would enhance coordination and efficiency of government's workers. For his part, Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan extolled the Chinese government for its contribution towards Liberia's post-war recovery process.

He said construction of the Ministerial Complex is a manifestation of the strong bond between the people of Liberia and China. Liberia's Foreign Minister said the current government headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf inherited a legacy of problems but Chinese investment has helped the country move forward.

"Through the excellent leadership of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and with the numerous help from our friend China, we are going to close the door on being a tenant to being a landlord," said Minister Ngafuan. He added: "This government, after ascending to leadership with the legacy of problems, will leave power with the legacy of solutions for the Liberian people."

According to the Chinese envoy, the largest project China has funded to date in Africa is the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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