The visiting Guinean Prime Minister has disclosed that his country is in close discussions with its Liberian counterpart for the use of the Port of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County, for the export of iron ore.
“We are here to hold discussions with the Liberian government on how the port can be used for mineral exportation to the western world,” said Prime Minister Jean Marie Dore.
Speaking in the cabinet room of the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday morning, Prime Minister Dore indicated that using the route of Buchanan would be more economical than the Ivory Coast.
‘We are mining near Nimba County, if all goes well, the rail road of Nimba will be useful in the transportation to Buchanan,” he said.
He noted that prior to the ongoing arraignments, Guinea had wanted to use neighboring Ivory Coast for the exportation, but stressed that with the close relationship existing between Liberia and Guinea, and considering the role of Pres. Johnson Sirleaf in the sub region, the Guinean Government was motivated to start the shipment of minerals through the Liberian seaport.
“The Buchanan Port is closer to us and the relations between the two countries is cordial; we think that using the nearest port is the best option”, he said.
Prime Minister Dore who came with five other cabinet ministers reminded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of their up coming elections schedule for November 7, 2010, stressing that the elections is critical to the Mano River Union and the west African region as a whole.
“As you may know we about to have our elections finally after some delay, we are hoping and praying for a peaceful electoral process, and you know how critical and strategic the election to our existence in the sub region is,” the Guinean Prime Minister noted.
Also speaking during the short exchanges between the two leaders, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked the Prime Minister for his visit, but promised that the Liberia’s Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Eugene Shannon, along with his Guinean counterpart will discuss the technical details of the agreement.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf praised the existing relationship between the two countries and expressed the hope that such relationship continues. President Sirleaf described the November 7, 2010 election in Guinea as strategic to the sub- region, especially Liberia who shares common borders with Guinea.