Japanese Ambassador to Liberia Kaoru Yoshimura says the re-commencement of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) projects marks the beginning of more future economic cooperation between Japan and Liberia.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs release said he emphasized that the Government has demonstrated “great commitment” to ensuring the wellbeing of Liberians and that Japan will continue to support endeavors to advance Liberia’s development agenda.
According to the Japanese envoy, the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia has presented a difficult situation for Liberians and development partners, especially in areas of project implementation.
“I am very happy that Liberians through their resilience have been able to reach zero Ebola case and are implementing Post-Ebola Recovery projects that would help the recovery and reconstruction of Liberia,” the Japanese diplomat said.
“To this end, work has resumed on Japan-funded projects such as the Reconstruction of Somalia Drive in Monrovia, and the Rehabilitation of Monrovia Power Systems,” he added.
He made the disclosure Wednesday, June 17, in Monrovia at a ceremony marking the resumption of Japanese-sponsored projects in Liberia during which he said a JICA team, comprising nine Japanese consultants and JICA staff from Tokyo and Ghana is in Liberia to assess the post-Ebola situation.
The Japanese envoy hoped that the Government and people of Liberia will accord them hospitality and grant them the needed support to ensure successful implementation of the projects.