Liberia’s Ambassador to Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union, Isaac W.Nyenabo, II has presented his credentials to His Majesty, King Williem-Alexander, head of the Government of The Netherlands at the Royal Palace.
Ambassador Nyenabo conveyed warmest sentiments and deep sense of appreciation on behalf of the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the government and people of The Netherlands for their support to Liberia over the decades.
Ambassador Nyenabo expressed gratitude to King Williem-Alexander for The Netherlands’ quick response to Liberia’s appeal for assistance during the Ebola outbreak here and the help provided to Liberians during the civil war by Medecins Sans Frontiers-Holland.
He appealed to the King for the Dutch Government’s continuous support to Liberia’s healthcare delivery system, its post Ebola recovery programs, budgetary support in realizing its infrastructural development, training opportunities, investment and trade.
The Liberian envoy recalled the many years of cordial diplomatic and trade relations that have existed between the two countries, dating back to 1862 which has witnessed the signing of a number of important treaties between the two countries and the exchange of diplomatic representations.
According to a press release, the Liberian diplomat also recounted the most recent of the visits by Her Royal Highness, Princess Maxima now the Royal Queen, who visited Liberia in 2010 and in 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf paid a state visit to The Netherlands, where an Honorary Doctorate Degree was conferred on her by the Tilburg University of The Netherlands and the recent appointment in 2014 of Mr. Hans Docter, the Dutch Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana as The Netherlands’ Special Envoy for Ebola on the international response to the EBOLA crisis in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra as notable and important actions that worth commendation.
Ambassador Nyenabo commended the Government and people of The Netherlands for their role played at the European Union and for supporting many projects across Liberia, aimed at ensuring that the country’s recovery is fast-tracked, thus promoting its economy, infrastructure development, energy, education, rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads and other projects that promote growth and national development.
Receiving the letters of credence, His Majesty, King Willem-Alexander pledged The Netherlands’ continuous support to Liberia’s recovery and reconstruction drive, adding, Liberia is Holland’s long time partner on the African Contingent, dating back to decades.
King Willem-Alexander said The Netherlands is ready to provide additional support to Liberia’s post Ebola recover strategy at any donor conference for the country.
He recounted the deployment of the Dutch Naval Vessel, which landed at the Freeport of Liberia on November 14, 2014 in the height of the Ebola crisis as the Netherlands’ way of demonstrating love and support for the people of Liberia and was happy that Liberia has finally been declared Ebola freed by the World Health Organization.
He said a more sustained and enhanced support is needed to ensure that Liberia and its neighbours are prevented from being hit by such a disease by providing support to its health programs, adding that an improved global action is required to prevent future occurrence of such a situation.
King Williem Alexander said The Netherlands provided 53.8 million euros for the fight against Ebola, including 30 million euros to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 million euros to international organizations and 8.8 million euros for information, communication and technology during the height of the Ebola virus disease.
He revealed that a Trade Mission of about 35 to 40 Dutch investors and Trade partners will visit Liberia by July 6, 2015 to scout for a possibility of doing business in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and contribute to those economies as well as provide jobs for the local people. He said the Trade and Investment Mission will be led by the Dutch Minister for International Trade Cooperation and Development, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen. Press Release