Vice President Fetes Visiting Swiss Defense Minister

Tuesday, 27th November 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has lauded the Swiss government for its assistance to Liberia over the years, especially in the priority areas of health and education.

Vice President Boakai cited that Switzerland was a contributing member of the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA) which had its headquarters in Liberia.

“It is also worthy to note that for the past ten years, Switzerland  donated approximately US$20 million to our Humanitarian and Emergency Sectors, and $2.8  Million Dollars was set aside for similar programs last year,” he further cited.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Monday at a dinner he tendered in honor of the visiting Swiss Federal Councilor and Minister of Defense, Mr. Samuel Schmid.

He recalled that the Swiss government provided funding for the rehabilitation of the Tellewoyan Hospital in Voinjama, Lofa County as well as, the reconditioning of the Kolahun-Vahun road and the equipping of Schools in rural Liberia with uniforms and chairs.

Vice President Boakai added that Switzerland’s provision of logistics for homecoming refugees was also commendable. Earlier the same day, during a visit the Swiss Defense Minister paid on him at his Sinkor office, Vice President Boakai extended an open invitation to investors from Switzerland to consider doing business in Liberia.

Briefing the Liberian Vice President during the visit, the Swiss Defense Minister who was accompanied by acting Foreign Minister William Bull, said since President Ellen Johnson visited Switzerland, relations between Liberia and his country have been strengthened.

Mr. Schmid said his visit was intended to intensify relations between his country and Liberia. Diplomatic ties were established between Liberia and Switzerland in 1961, followed the same year with the signing of an Air Services Agreement and a Treaty of Friendship.