Vice President Boakai Stresses Need for Sea Transport

Monday, 14th September 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberiaís Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, has stressed the need for sea transport to move goods and services by sea in order to minimize pressure on the countryís dilapidated highways.

He observed that the long rainy season in the country has made it difficult to maintain roads during the year. He added that the use of heavy trucks to convey goods across the country was also destroying the roads.

Vice President Boakai made the call on September 14, when a delegation from the China Dalian International Cooperation (Group) Holdings, accompanied by Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building Office.

He said it would be helpful to use the countryís ports--Buchanan, Robertsport, Harper, Greenville and Monrovia--to transport goods and services across the country so that pressure on the roads can be eased.

In remarks, the General Manager of China Dalian International Cooperation (Group) Holdings, Qiao Shi Xiang, expressed his desire to partner with line Liberian agencies in organizing a water transport program in Liberia.

Mr. Qiao said his company, established in 1884, has been involved in fisheries, water transportation and construction engineering in West Africa, Gabon, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.