17 September 2012

Liberia: Gov't Identifies Location of Ministerial Complex

The Ambassador of China accredited to Liberia, Zhao Jianhua, has disclosed that the Liberian government last month officially informed the Chinese side about the new location of the ministerial complex.

Recently, the Governments of China and Liberia reached an agreement for the construction of the Liberia's Ministerial Complex. The ministerial complex, Amb. Jianhua stated at the official signing ceremony in Monrovia, will be the second-largest project constructed by China in Africa.

Addressing a press conference Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, Amb.Jianhua further disclosed that the location of the ministerial complex is the old building of national defense.

The old building of national defense is situated in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

Contrary to some media reports, the Chinese envoy clarified that the ministerial complex will not be constructed on the land that is disputed between the Government of Liberia and ELWA.

"There have been some media speculations about connection of China to the land dispute between the government and ELWA. So today I want to make it clear that this is not the case. So I will like to tell you not to cover this ministerial complex without mentioning any further, [China involvement] in the land dispute between the government and ELWA, we have nothing to do with it," said Amb. Amb.Jianhua.

Speaking further, the Chinese envoy stated: "The Ministerial complex is going to benefit both the Liberian government and the Liberian people. It is going to accommodate at least 10 ministries and agencies. And it is going to cost the Chinese side US$16 million."

He continued: "It will save the Liberian government a great amount of rental money that is now used for renting government offices. And that amount of money can be diverted to projects that are going to directly benefit the Liberian people."

The building when completed, he said, will significantly improve the working condition of government officials and civil servants.

Said Amb. Jianhua: "That will certainly allow them to contribute more to the recovery and development of Liberia. With the 10 ministries sitting in one building, it will certainly improve coordination as between and among the ministries and agencies. That is going to be big boost to the enhancement of efficiency." He reiterated that China is going to continue its support to the government and Liberian people.

"Let me make it very clear to you that our cooperation has been based on the principles of mutual respect and sovereignty, territorial integrity based on mutual benefits. Based on these principles it is good partner and good friend," the Chinese diplomat pointed out.

At the same time, Amb. Amb.Jianhua also disclosed that, beside the ministerial complex, the Chinese government is going to begin the construction of MVTC early next year.

"It is going to be vocational training facilities you have never seen in the history of Liberia. And we are now positively considering building two annexes for the Liberian Legislature. As you know after the elections you have new members of the legislature and they are facing the problems of adequate facilities for use by Senators and Representatives," he among other things added.

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