Italy Donates 28 Police Cars to Liberian Government

Tuesday, 24th March 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The 28 high end BMW and Alpha Romeo Sedans donated to Liberia by the Italian Government last September have arrived in the country.
The vehicles which were presented to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in the city of Fiano Riomano during his visit to Italy last September, are fully equipped with handcuffs and other security gadgets, and are for use by the Liberia National Police and other security agencies.

A four-man-Italian delegation headed by Mr. Varo Macchi, a humanitarian, which is in the country to formally turn over the vehicles to the Liberian Government, Monday paid a courtesy call on Vice President Boakai at is Capitol Building office.

In remarks, Vice President Boakai thanked the head of the Italian delegation, Mr. Macchi who is credited with negotiating for the vehicles.

Vice President Boakai thanked Mr. Macchi for the sacrificial services he has and continues to render Liberia. “What Varo has done for Liberia cannot compare with the benefits he will derive. For us, we consider our ties with Varo as beyond mere friendship; it is like a relationship” Vice President Boakai observed.

He pointed out that the friendly ties between Liberia and Italy date far back, and that this relationship saw the establishment of Italian businesses in Liberia, including road construction companies like Vianini, a restaurant like Salvatore and airline businesses, saying “We would like to see these ties fully restored”.

The Liberian Vice President added that the friendship between Liberia and Italy resulted in the establishment of the A.M Dogliotti  School of Medicine by the Italian government.

Vice President Boakai assured that Liberia has very excellent investment opportunities which, he hoped Italians would take advantage of, emphasizing, “We want to see Italian investments in Liberia”.

Responding, Mr. Macchi thanked the Liberian people for the welcome accorded him, saying he felt like he was at home when he arrived in Liberia.

He said he was impressed with developments taking place in Liberia, including the reconstruction of streets, noting that the “smiles on the faces of Liberians are great”. He hoped the government headed by Africa’s first elected female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf would continue to work for the good of the people.

The Italian humanitarian assured his continued support to Liberia and the promotion of Liberia’s interests in Europe.  

He said during the war when it was not easy to promote Liberia’s interest abroad, he did everything to help erase the negative perception about Liberia in Italy and other parts of Europe, and that he was willing to continue on this path. “Italy is ready to help with whatever you ask you,” Mr. Macchi assured Vice President Boakai, adding that he was working towards ensuring that Liberians feel at home in Italy.

Mr. Macchi and party who arrived in the country on Sunday, are expected to hold discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, officials of the Ministries of Defense, Information, Public Works, Agriculture, Lands, Mines and Energy  as well as Forestry Development Authority and National Investment Commission, before departing the country on Friday, March 27.

The vehicles will be formally presented to the government on Wednesday. Other members of the Italian delegation include Dott.ssa Annalisa Bandecchi, the Bureau of Maritime Affairs Representative in Italy and Federico Luaglierini, also a representative of the Bureau of Maritime Affairs in Itlay.