Vice President Boakai Lauds China

Friday, 15th May 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, has lauded the People’s Republic of China for the enormous assistance it continues to render Liberia since the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

He said apart from helping to restore peace to Liberia by contributing  troops to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), China has provided assistance for which Liberians are grateful.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation on May 15 when a seven-member Chinese business delegation, accompanied by Senate Secretary Nanblor Sengbe, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

The Liberian Vice President noted that the construction of a large embassy in Liberia by China demonstrates its commitment to China-Liberia relations.

He said while Liberians appreciate China's support, they would like to see Liberia’s partners invest in the country because, he noted, "this will help build and develop the country and make it stronger." “Whether in agriculture, mining, construction and the production of building materials, there are a lot of investment opportunities in Liberia,” Vice President Boakai assured. Investments, he emphasized, will enable his Government to accelerate growth.

Dr. Wesley Zuannah Johnson, Jr., a Liberian medical practitioner who encouraged the Chinese to visit Liberia and see investment opportunities in the country, said during a visit he made to China recently that he approached several companies to consider investing in Liberia. He said about 20 companies have expressed interest in investing in Liberia's agriculture, mining and construction sectors. “My objective is to create between 50,000 and 100,000 jobs for Liberians,” Dr. Johnson said. He commended the Unity Party administration for the able manner in which it is administering the country, and pledged his willingness to work with the Government.