Speaking at the weekend at a reception dinner intended to recount the achievements and challenges of 2019 and the way forward for 2020, the Chinese envoy urged both countries to further work together to help each other in the long run.
He said, while China itself has a big task for lifting hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty, it has been trying to do its best in helping Liberia achieve its developmental goals.
Recounting China’s numerous contributions to Liberia’s development over the year, Amb. Jijun named the completion and dedications of the new terminal at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and the Ministerial Complex as gift to the people of Liberia.
“I am glad that China-Liberia collaboration has been maintaining huge momentum. Even though China itself has a big task for lifting its hundreds millions people out of poverty, it has been trying to do its best in helping Liberian brothers. This year, we had gladly witnessed two more big new projects: the New Terminal in Roberts International Airport and the Ministerial Complex, worth around US$100 million already been handed over to Liberia. They are helping Liberia to attract more foreign airlines and international conference,” stated the Chinese diplomat.
He said President George Manneh Weah has been looking forward to strengthening collaboration with China in building roads to achieve his goal, otherwise known as the "Pro-Poor Agenda,” which Chinese President Xi Jinping has, on the other hand, has promised to support.
“The result is two China aided flyover bridges [which] will be built on the Tubman Boulevard. With the support of Chinese government, quite a few Chinese companies are helping Liberia to build more roads and electric and water supply projects. For strengthening China-Liberia collaboration, Minister of State McGill signed the MOU with China for joining the “One Road and One Belt” Initiative in April. Foreign Minister Findley signed an agreement with China which would provide another USD30 million grant aid to Liberia,” he asserted.
“Besides big projects, there are several China-Aided technical cooperative projects going on in Liberia: One is the Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Plantation Training Center. The Center’s main function is to train local youth with weaving arts, agriculture plantation and livestock raising skills. A similar project is the Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center in Bong County. Both of them have trained 2,300 Liberian youth,” he continued.
“Some graduates have started their own bamboo and rattan weaving workshops, set up their rice, vegetable plantations and pig farms and some of them have found valuable job as a breadwinner. The other one is the SKD Stadium. With the maintenance of Chinese technical team and their Liberian counterparts, the Stadium has been worked well as the mass gathering ground such as football games and Independence Day Celebration,” Ambassador Fu told the gathering of media.
He also named the construction of the headquarters and broadcasting facilities of the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System or LBS as some of its contributions in the development of the Liberian media.
Aside from these constructions, he said China has also been providing equipment and training.
“At the request of Liberian government, China has agreed to help LBS to build a new office building and provide a moving transmitting vehicle which can broadcast instant Radio news,” the Ambassador noted.
In brief remarks, the President-elect of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Mr. Charles B. Coffey Jr., lauded the Government and People of China for their numerous contributions towards Liberia’s growth and development, especially in the area of media development.
Coffey, on behalf of the Liberian media, pledged support to the promotion of the ‘One-China’ Policy, which according to him, is key towards development of Liberia and Africa at large.
“We are grateful of numerous development programs. China is beyond media development program; for, your contribution is cut across. We need more visitations and interactions so that we, too, can emulate something from you. We believe in the One-China Policy which is key to development. You have to help us,” he added.