Indian Prime Minister Reaffirms His Country’s support to Liberia development programs

Tuesday, 19th March 2013

The Prime Minister of India, His Excellency, Monmohan Singh, has assured Liberia of India’s continued support to rebuild Liberia’s infrastructure, and diversify Indian investments in Liberia.
 He noted that the Liberian government has taken significant strides to strengthen democracy in the country since the end of the civil crisis.  The Indian Prime Minister was speaking last night when Vice President Joseph Boakai and other high level delegates paid a courtesy call on him at his office in New Delhi.  

He also commended the Liberia Government for creating a suitable investment climate which, he noted, has encouraged many Indians to invest in Liberia, especially in the areas of merchandise supply and trade.  Prime Minister Singh said that India and African Countries share a long history of close trade and cultural ties.  He predicted that Indian investments in Africa will witness phenomenal growth in the years ahead, because many African Countries are forming stronger partnerships to better the lives of their people.

Speaking earlier, Hon. Boakai thanked the Indian government for its assistance to people of Liberia, and praised the long ties between Liberia and India.  He encouraged more Indian investments in Liberia especially in the agriculture sector and the extractive industry.   The Liberian Vice President called for increased assistance to youth capacity building programs and manpower development.  He extended greetings from the President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and condemned terrorism around the world.

Vice President Boakai at the head of a 9-member delegation (including Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods and the India Consul General in Monrovia, Hon. Upjit Sachdeva), is in New Delhi attending the 9th CII-Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership.

While in India, Vice President Boakai will also deliver a lecture to students and faculty of the Jindal Global University, hold several high level bilateral meetings and address another investment forum.  He is expected to return to Monrovia at the weekend.