Liberian Leader Describes Visit of Chinese Business Delegation As Springboard for Liberia’s Development

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the visit of the 16-member business delegation from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a new and broader opportunity to go beyond what the two countries have done on the bilateral level.

“We are glad that it is private-sector focused because this sector will provide the real springboard for Liberia’s development. We will never have enough resources of our own; but the private sector joined by the support of government through financing facilities can enable us to open many doors,” she stressed, indicating that their visit is seen as the key to open those doors.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the assertion when she received in audience a Chinese business delegation, dubbed, “2015 Sino-Liberia Win-Win Visit Delegation” at her temporary office at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, August 6.

The delegation is in the country to explore business and investment opportunities.

President Sirleaf indicated that members of the Chinese business delegation have identified several sectors of interest which are important; not only consistent with government’s Agenda for Transformation and the National Vision 2030 but also the country’s Post-Ebola Economic Stabilization Plan.

The delegation’s major areas of focus include mining, infrastructural development, telecommunication sector, electricity, fruit juice production, among others, according to the press release.

“Time is of the essence. Whatever you do; whatever we agree to cooperate and to partner in, we want it done fast,” President Sirleaf urged, reminding them of quality and international standards.

The Liberian President stressed that Liberia and China have collaborated over many years; but have not maximized the cooperation as compared to the cooperation that it has with many other African countries.

She informed the delegation that China has committed to undertake three major projects in the country and all of the procedures are now in place to begin. She named the Ministerial Complex, Capitol Building Annex and the renovation of the Samuel K. Doe Complex as the projects expected to begin after the rainy season.

President Sirleaf said government will work with the Chinese Embassy on a vigorous roadmap to get things moving. ‘We want to identify those laws and quickly move towards meeting those conditions so that these projects can start and have a timeframe for completion within a reasonable period of time.

President Sirleaf welcomed the delegation and reminded them of the upcoming meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister, H. E. Yi Wang at the
weekend.

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