Vice President Boakai Wants Relations with China Strengthened

Wednesday, 4th February 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai says the Unity Party-led Government is committed to strengthening relations between Liberia and China. He observed that within a relatively short time, the friendship between Liberia and China has grown faster than others in recent memory.

Vice President Boakai made the statement on February 4 when a four-member delegation  from  the China Henan International Cooperation Group Company Limited (CHICO), accompanied by Deputy Public Works Ministers Togba Ngangana and Roderick G. Smith, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

Vice President Boakai commended CHICO, which is engaged in the reconstruction of roads around Monrovia, for the quality work they were doing, saying, “A lot of Liberians appreciate you.”

He added that Liberians also appreciate the flexibility and understanding of CHICO workers who have demonstrated unparalleled commitment to duty, despite provocation from some members of the public.

The Liberian Vice President called on CHICO to take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities in Liberia, saying, “I would like to see CHICO engage in agriculture. Liberians stand to benefit from your skills and expertise.”

He said Liberia has vast agricultural land, and that he would like to see Chinese companies engage not only in food production, but also in food processing and packaging.

The Vice President of CHICO, Mr. Shao Zhengzhong who headed the delegation, said he was in the country on a week-long visit to assess road construction work being undertaken by the company.

Other members of the Chinese delegation were Liu Shanliang, Vice Director, CHICO, and Hu Bingwei, Project Manager, CHICO Liberia.