Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has again made it clear that the country, although destroyed and weakened by years of conflict, is not seeking handouts, nor is the country asking for assistance based on humanitarian grounds.">

"Liberia Not Seeking Handouts", Declares President Sirleaf at the China-Africa Cooperation Forum in Beijing

Monday, 6th November 2006
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has again made it clear that the country, although destroyed and weakened by years of conflict, is not seeking handouts, nor is the country asking for assistance based on humanitarian grounds.

Addressing the opening session of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum in Beijing, the President said Liberia brings to the table returns in the exploitation of the country’s natural resources and a desire for strategic partnership based upon mutuality in interest and in beliefs.

Liberia, President Johnson-Sirleaf said is interested in the search for an effective response to the country’s efforts and commitment to work toward a new world economic order that ensures more balance in the use of global resources.  

The President noted that Liberia was also bringing to the table more equity in the benefits from international trade and globalization, more respect for the integrity of home grown prescription to national recovery, and more urgency in responses to the needs of post conflict countries, adding, “China has gone a long way in responding to these requirements.”

The Liberian leader lauded China for the increasing level of assistance given Liberia in support of its development agenda. The President named the areas of cooperation as Agriculture, Infrastructure, education, communication and debt relief.

President Johnson-Sirleaf praised China’s role at the UN Security Council which led to the lifting of sanctions, the deployment of Chinese contingents in the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

The President and delegation return to the country tomorrow, Tuesday November 7, 2006.