A high-level delegation from the Liberian Senate on Tuesday arrived in Beijing, China on a five-day official visit at the invitation of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
According to a release from the Liberian Embassy near Beijing, the delegation is being led by the President Pro-Tempore, Albert T Chie, and includes Senators Jonathan L. Kaipay of Grand Bassa County and Francis S. Paye of Rivercess County.
The release quotes President Pro-Tempore Chie as saying the visit to China presents an opportunity for the Senate delegation to sincerely commend the government of China for the improvement of the structural facilities at the seat of the National Legislature, the Capitol Building, as well as to further enhance and strengthen the cordial and friendly bilateral relations subsisting between the Liberia and China.
Pro-Tempore Chie also indicated that the visit will also be an opportunity for the Senate delegation to understand the inner workings and structures of the CPPCC which would lead to the two institutions finding ways to better cooperate for the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples.
While the delegation is in China, it will meet with the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Mr. Li Zhanshu, at the Great Hall of the People. They will also meet with the chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, Mr. Wang Yang, who will host a dinner in their honor, according to the release.
“The Senate delegation will use the opportunity to meet with potential investors and business executives to persuade them to invest in Liberia. They later travel to Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, where they will also hold additional meetings with Chinese officials, business executives and potential investors,” the release indicated.
In July 2018, President George Manneh Weah dedicated two annexes at the Capitol Building that were funded by the Chinese Government at the cost of about US$12.9 million.
The annexes contain 60 offices – 40 for the wing of the House of Representatives and 20 for the Senate, as well as separate conference rooms, offices for staffers, cafeteria, among other facilities to alleviate the space constraints experienced at the seat of the National Legislature prior to the project.