The Government of Germany has reaffirmed its commitment to continue and deepen its cooperation and ties with Liberia in the energy sector and other areas of development.
German Ambassador to Liberia, Ralph Timmermann, said it was based on this commitment that Germany accepted to co-sponsor the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower project when the Liberian Government approached it along with Norway in 2011.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Ambassador Timmermann spoke Saturday during programs marking the commemorative launch of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project in Harrisburg, Montserrado County.
Ambassador Timmermann emphasized that Germany realizes the huge advantages the rehabilitation of the plant would bring to the development of Liberia.
He noted that the rehabilitation of Mount Coffee will not only reduce the cost of electricity, but will also enable small and medium businesses to increase productivity and create significant revenue generation for the government.
Also speaking, Norway’s Ambassador to Liberia, Hege Hertzberg stressed that when the Mount Coffee Hydropower project is completed, the children of Liberia will do their homework under electricity and that women will no more give birth in darkness.
Ambassador Hertzberg also said Norway is impressed with the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the political willpower she is demonstrating for the development of Liberia during these extremely difficult times.
For her part, the Charge’ d’Affaires of the European Union, Belen Calvo-Uyarra, said that the launch of the project marked the taking of concrete action to turn Mount Coffee into reality.
She maintained that energy is fundamental to development, and assured the EU’s readiness to support the energy sector of Liberia.