Liberia and Equatorial Guinea Sign MOU to Finance and Construct RIA, Social Housing, Marking President Sirleaf’s State Visit to Malabo

Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Monrovia, Liberia - At the request of the Government of Liberia, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has agreed to arrange the financing and construction of the Roberts International Airport and social housing in Liberia.


According to an Executive Mansion release, the agreement was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two Governments in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Tuesday, May 21. Liberia’s Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Lewis G. Brown II, signed on behalf of the Liberian Government, while Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Agapito Mba Mokuy, signed for his Government. The signing ceremony was witnessed by H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea, and H.E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.


The MOU states that to begin the realization of these projects, both Governments agreed that their technical committees would meet in a fortnight to define and study the relevant projects and adopt modalities of their financing and implementation.


Already, the Liberian Government has invited the technical delegation from Equatorial Guinea to Monrovia in early June.


A Joint Communiqué issued at the end of the Liberian leader’s State Visit to Equatorial Guinea from May 19 to 21, said the visit came within the framework of the will and commitment expressed by both Heads of State to strengthen the excellent relations of friendship and brotherhood that unite the two countries.


The two African leaders, during the visit, exchanged views on several topics of international concern, with a special emphasis on the reform of the United Nations, the global economic crisis, the changes in climatic conditions and the situations in Mali and Central Africa.


At the bilateral level, both Heads of State expressed satisfaction that the areas of cooperation agreed upon are directly related to the basic needs of their people, and are designed to contribute to the promotion of the human, social and economic development of both countries.


Within the spirit of South-South cooperation, as well as the need to promote cooperation in the private sectors of both countries, the two Heads of State also expressed their willingness to further deepen the cooperation between the two countries, agreeing to conclude, in the shortest possible time, the first meeting of the Joint Cooperation Commission. Both countries had previously signed an Economic, Commercial, Scientific, Cultural and Technical Cooperation Framework Agreement on June 9, 2009.


At the international level the two Heads of State agreed on the need to support African and global initiatives for the prevention and peaceful resolution of conflicts, respect for the Charter of the United Nations and the African Union, the independence and sovereignty of States, and the non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.


The two Heads of State reaffirmed the need to strengthen the role of the United Nations through, among others, its reform and, as a priority, to increase the representation of developing countries in the Security Council by expanding the categories of permanent and non-permanent members, for more efficiency, increased legitimacy and a balanced representation of the world.


They both recognized the importance of deepening the value of democracy in order to achieve the total development of their people, and renewed their continued adherence to the principles of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and economic and political good governance within the framework of the formulation of their national development policies.


They reaffirmed the need for close cooperation in the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism, mercenary piracy, drug and human trafficking, money laundering and other cross-border crimes.  In this regard, they renewed their determination to fully contribute to the efforts of the international community in order to combat and eradicate these crimes.


President Sirleaf extended an invitation to her host, President Nguema Mbasogo, to visit Liberia, which he agreed with satisfaction. The date of the visit will be concluded through diplomatic channels.