Lobby Spree-Unprecedented Tour At Capitol Building

Days following the departure of top Chinese companies’ delegation from Liberia, who came  to seal a deal on investment opportunities in the country,  a lobby spree has reportedly begun at Capitol Building to fast-track any impending  concession agreement as such.

Well-placed sources at the Capitol Building hinted the In Profile Daily Tuesday afternoon that Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, in a highly spirited mood, was in the company of a record number of both representatives and senators on the Senate Wing in closed door meetings.

“This unprecedented tour headed by the VP came about when members of the Lower House and the Upper House resolved Tuesday’s separate sessions to executive sessions. The development shows some kind of lobby being in the making for a well-guided deal,” one source claimed.

VP Boakai  is being  seen as a brain behind negotiations leading to the coming into Liberia recently, of the Chinese delegation, after a Liberian delegation headed by Minister of State Without Portfolio, Sylvester Grigsby, visited  China  to strike the deal.

Vice President Boakai in a release issued by his office during the stay of delegation in the country stressed that unless the natural resources of a country are exploited for the benefit of the people, the people will continue to live in poverty and noted that this is the largest Chinese Business delegation he has hosted and hoped that something good can come out of the trip.

He hailed the relationship between Liberia and the Peoples Republic of China and spoke of the rising levels of economic cooperation that could bring the two peoples closer together and boost economic prosperity between them.

He made these statements when a thirteen- man Chinese business delegation, accompanied by Liberia’s Ambassador to China, McKinley Thomas and Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue, paid a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Building Office at the time.

The delegation which departed Liberia last weekend included some of China’s top companies that said they were in the country to explore the possibility of investing in mining, power, engineering, fruit processing, and rail transport, solar and wind energy and mineral exploration, among others.

Meanwhile,  sources on Capitol Hill have also hinted this paper that the unprecedented underground torrent of lobbying reportedly influenced by VP Boakai  is to first soften  the grounds  for the  proposed  Wologisi agreement for which the Chinese Foreign Minister who later joined the delegation are said to be offering  so much inducements totaling  US$4b package.