VP Boakai Hails Liberia-India Relations

Tuesday, 2nd February 2010
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has hailed Liberia-India relations and hoped that the growing ties between the two countries would be further strengthened in this post-war era.

He observed that there was growing Indian community and investments in Liberia before the civil conflict, and expressed the hope that with the restoration of peace, more Indian investors would be attracted to Liberia.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation on Tuesday, January 2 when the Indian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Madam Shamma Jain, accompanied by India’s Honorary Consul to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Jeety paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building office.

Vice President Boakai said the Liberian government was appreciative of India’s contributions to Liberia’s reconstruction effort, and paid homage to prominent Indian businessmen like Jeety and Sethi who, he noted, have been doing their utmost to supply the needs of the Liberian society even during the height of the civil conflict.

He also thanked the Indian government for its educational and technical support to Liberia over the years, including the provision of the TARTA buses to the country’s National Transit Authority.

Briefing the Vice President earlier, the Indian envoy said the Indian Minister of Overseas Affairs, Mr. Vayalar Ravi will arrive in Liberia on Wednesday on a two-day visit.

Madam Jain said the Indian Overseas Minister who is currently in La Cote d'Ivoire, will hold discussions with several Liberian officials on further strengthening the technical and economic cooperation between India and Liberia.

She told the Liberian Vice President that her government was offering 10 slots to the Liberian government for illiterate and semi-literate rural women to pursue a six-month course in rural solar electrification in India.

She said the India government trained seven rural women from Sierra Leone in the same technology in 2005 and 2007, who she said, are involved in the electrification of rural homes in that country.

The Indian envoy assured her country’s continued support to post-war Liberia’s reconstruction effort.