President George Manneh Weah says he is extremely impressed by assessment of China’s poverty reduction program which also coincides with Liberia’s objectives under the government pro – poor agenda for development and progress.
Speaking during observance of China’s 69th Anniversary Tuesday, 18 September at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town outside Monrovia, President Weah congratulates the Chinese government for its remarkable achievement and progress made under the strong leadership of the Communist Party since their founding 69 years ago.
Mr. Weah acknowledges the new major initiatives proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the recent Forum for China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) designed to build a close China – Africa community with a shared future and adopted by member countries of FOCAC that are remarkably similar to the rules and objectives of the Liberian government’s pro – poor agenda.
He cites industrial promotion, infrastructural connectivity, trade facilitation, capacity building, health care, people – to – people exchanges, and peace and security, as essential building blocks that will be a long term goal for stability and prosperity “ for all of our people.”
For many years, President Weah notes there has existed an excellent relationship between the governments and peoples of Liberia and China. He says this friendship was further strengthened and deepened when he was privileged to lead a strong delegation from Liberia to attend the 2018 FOCAC.
He expresses delight in joining Chinese here to celebrate with China’s 69th Anniversary. Earlier, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Fu Jijun says, the 69 – year history of new China is a history of reform and opening up.
To build an even closer China – Africa community with a shared future in the new era, he says the member countries of FOCAC in the 2018 Beijing Summit have adopted eight new major initiatives proposed by President Xi.
Ambassador Fu says they include industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, green development, capacity building, health care, people – to – people exchange and peace and security initiatives.
With similar fate in the past and common mission, he notes that China and Liberia have extended sympathy to and helped each other in the past.
Ambassador Fu expresses strong belief that with the implementation of these eight initiatives, China and Liberia will embark on a stronger path of win – win – cooperation.
By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Jonathan Browne