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China to Construct Coastal Highway for Liberia

first_imgThe poor road networks in Liberia that usually brings the country to a standstill during the rainy season will soon be a thing of the past as the Government of the People’s Republic of China has promised to construct a modern coastal highway that will connect Cape Mount to Cape Palmas.The 350 miles (560 kilometers) coastal belt stretches from Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County to Cape Palmas, in Maryland County.Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan said the Chinese Government and its Liberian counterpart are working out modalities to commence feasibility studies that will see the project commence the soonest possible time.He made the disclosure at a joint press stakeout with Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia over the weekend.The Chinese diplomat, who arrived in country on Saturday for a two day official visit, held discussions with several high-level government officials, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Addressing the press in the foyer of the Ministry, Ngafuan said the two held discussions on various issues including health, infrastructure and human resource development.“Another highlight of the discussion was road construction and this has to do with the construction of the country’s coastline,” he said.He noted that talks have already commenced about the project, but the two countries will be discussing the modalities for accessing funds through the China Fund to Africa to do the feasibility studies for the project. He also confirmed that the coastal highway will be constructed in collaboration with other partners.Minister Ngafuan lauded the bilateral ties that exist between Liberia and China and thanked his Chinese counterpart for the visit.He said Minister Wang’s visit to Liberia was meant to demonstrate China’s continuous solidarity with Liberia and to access China’s cooperation and support to Ebola affected countries; to also see “first hand progress achieved thus far in the post-Ebola recovery efforts.”Minister Ngafuan said President Sirleaf has described Minister Wang’s visit “as an authentication of the strength of the mutually beneficial relationship between our two countries.”He added that the visit has given a new stimulus to both nations’ already strong relationship.“China came to Liberia when we were bedridden as a result of the Ebola crisis and they helped us to get back to our feet and they are helping us now to run faster and catch up,” he added.He stated that the post-conflict and development story of Liberia would be incomplete if the tremendous contributions of China are not given significant chapters.He said China has committed itself to expediting the already agreed projects, including the US$60 million Ministerial Complex which, when completed, will house not less than 10 ministries, an annex to the National Legislature and other projects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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