Qi Jinlong, Chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Liberia, has vowed to make good President Xi Jinping’s commitment to strengthen the already-firmed Africa-China relations through sports.
In commencing his drive to football development in Liberia, Chairman Qi has moved to commit the sponsorship of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Liberia, Z&C Investment Company and Z&H Investment Company to a local Liberian football club FC Gar’ou. The club has launched football against rape campaign.
Chairman Qi revealed that there is immeasurable goodwill available to Africa from the People’s Government of China, saying he is committed to connecting such goodwill to the young people of Liberia.
The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Boss disclosed there are millions of Chinese businesses that are seeking to establish partnership of any form with Liberian entrepreneurs, a reason that the Chamber of Commerce has been established in Liberia.
“In making this public commitment as the Chairman of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce in Liberia, I wish for Liberian youth to be aware of the enormous opportunities that they could make use of in China. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce has been established to further promote the cordial relationship that already exists between our countries. Liberia is my second home and accordingly, I will support causes that strengthen China’s relationship with Liberia. I am also offering membership to the Chamber of Commerce to Liberian businessmen,” he said.
Speaking at the all day sporting activities, Liberia’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Prince C. Johnson encouraged the youths to desist from rape, warning that it affects both victims and perpetrators.
Gen. Johnson said it is unfortunate for young people will great future to engage in such devilish act, stressing that rape is a hideous crime.
He reminded that President George Manneh Weah has declared rape a ‘national emergency’ which should draw attention of everyone,
Also speaking, the Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Cecelia Cuffy Brown admonished young men to protect girls against rape.
She described the crime as demonic and satanic, coming from the devil and that good guys don’t rape.
The General Secretary for Asia and Middle-eastern Affairs of the Economic and Trade Cooperation of African Youth (ETCAY), Zhou Dawei, who organized the sponsorship of FC Gar’ou and Football Against Rape Campaign, expressed delight in fulfilling the policy-commitment of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
“During the 2018 FOCAC in Beijing, our President Xi stated his hope to strengthen the China and Africa relations through sports. As one of the Chinese youth, I would like to follow Xi’s suggestion to work closely with Liberian youth organizations to fulfill this pledge. It is no secret that soccer is the most populous sport in Liberia,” Zhou said.
Meanwhile, Alvin Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of FC Gar’ou, has expressed gratitude to the Chinese businessmen and philanthropists for the support to the team and their commitment to football development in Liberia.