With many being done to help Liberia in its economic recovery since the end of the 14-year civil war through different programs, infrastructural development, direct financial support and humanitarian and technical assistance, the Government of China has disclosed plan to further boost Liberia’s infrastructural development by building road(s) to connect the Japan Freeway (formerly Somalia Drive) to Sinkor.
Plan for the construction of the road(s) was disclosed by Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Ren Yisheng at ceremony marking the donation of a vehicle and assorted items to the Clar Weah Foundation on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.
In addition to road connectivity of the Japan Freeway to Sinkor, the Chinese diplomat also disclosed that the construction of the two overhead bridges as promised by the Government of China will soon commence.
When constructed the road and bridges would create easy access for commuters and enhance development.
“The two flyover bridges will soon commence. We are also going to build a road or a bridge linking the Somalia Drive and Sinkor. Also, we are going establish or build a clinical reference lab at the 14 Military Hospital,” stated the Chinese envoy.
Speaking of the donation, he said gesture is a clear manifestation of the booming brother and sisterly relationship that has long subsisted between the two countries, which the Chinese government is committed to uphold.
“We are good brothers and good friends. We care and supported each other in every endeavour no matter how. We are committed to upholding this friendship,” said the Chinese envoy.
Recounting China’s contributions, especially amid covid-19, Ambassador Yisheng asserted that his country was one of the first countries to reach out to Liberia, thus signifying the love and care it has for Liberia.
He disclosed that the Chinese government is working closely with humanitarian groups to deliver food to 250,000 students and underprivileged persons across four counties in Liberia.
However, on the heel of numerous supports in various sectors of the Liberian society, the Chinese government official stressed the need for agricultural cooperation between the two countries so as to boost agricultural productivity here.
“We need to develop our agricultural cooperation. Our hearts are closed despite far. We will work to strengthen our cooperation and friendship,” he added.
Receiving the items and the vehicle, Madam Weah lauded the Chinese Government and donor partners in China for their continuing assistance to different sectors of the Liberian society.
“Today’s donation from you on behalf of the All China’s Women Federation through the China Federation for Persons with Disabilities speaks volumes of your generosity and wonderful support to the growth and development of various sectors of the Liberian society,” indicated Madam Weah as she extended great depth of gratitude.
With great exaltation of the Chinese government’s partnership with the Clar Weah Foundation, Madam Weah recalled that the Government of China through its embassy in Liberia has always supported in great ways, the work of her Office and the Clar Hope Foundation.
“Our partnership with the Chinese government and its peoples is one that continues to see these kinds of gestures of significance and I want to tell you that such makes me humbly gratified,” she noted.
She, on behalf of President George Manneh Weah, her husband, sounded a message of deep appreciation to his counterpart, President Xi Jinping and the friendly peoples of the People’s Republic of China for always standing with Liberia and its people.
She added that Liberia’s history is replete with China’s developmental footprints which have brought infrastructure, economic and social relief to Liberia and its people.
“President Weah asked me to convey through you, his deepest appreciation to his counterpart, President Xi Jinping and the friendly [People] of the People’s Republic of China for always standing with Liberia and its people. Liberia’s history is replete with China’s developmental footprints which have brought infrastructure, economic and social relief to Liberia and its people,” the First Lady among other things, stated.