December 8, 2023

China Agrees to Increase Infrastructure Development Assistance to Liberia

The People’s Republic of China through its Embassy in Congo Town Liberia has promised more infrastructure in Liberia. Speaking at the ceremony marking the departure of the first batch of 190 Liberian scholars to China to study in diverse fields, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador Ren Yisheng praised the Biliterial relationship between the two countries.

Outlining so of China’s contribution to Liberia, Amb. Yisheng said in recent years, under the framework of the Belt & Road Initiative(BRI) advocated by President Xi Jinping and the “Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development”(PAPD) advocated by President George Manneh Weah, China-Liberia cooperation has achieved fruitful results in such areas as economy and trade, health care, infrastructure construction, food security, and human resource development.

He noted that the China-aided projects such as the Ministerial Complex, the two annexes to the Capitol Building, and the Roberts International Airport through concessional loans have become new landmarks of Monrovia. Amb. Yisheng added that the technical assistance for SKD Sports Complex and LBS are ongoing. He noted that the new projects like the two Overpass Bridges on Tubman Boulevard, the National Clinical Diagnostic and Treatment Lab at 14 Military Hospital, the Fingerprint Comparison Lab, and LBS upgrade and expansion are in the tendering and procurement phases.

According to the Chinese Ambassador, a team of Chinese engineering team is expected to come to conduct the feasibility study for the Somalia-Sinkor Road and Bridge project. He disclosed that the two governments are working closely on implementing a new phase of economic and technical cooperation.

The 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China(CPC) will be convened on October 16 in Beijing. With this congress, the new leadership of the CPC central committee will be elected to lead the Chinese people to march toward the second centenary goal and build China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful by the middle of this century when they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

The People-to-people exchange is an important means of deepening the understanding and friendship between the two countries. In recent years, the Chinese government on average provides about 50 full scholarships to the Liberian government every year and around 200 short- and long-term training opportunities, some of which also include master’s and doctorate degrees. Most Liberian students and trainees from the Chinese Government Scholarship and training programs are playing increasingly important roles in Liberia.

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