‘Another Milestone of China-Liberia Relations’ -Amb. ZHANG

By Fredrick P. W. Gaye, Monrovia, Liberia

Pres. Sirleaf receiving gift from Chinese engineer at the ceremony on April 27

 

Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. ZHANG Yue, has termed the executions of a ministerial complex and the two annexes to Liberian Capitol Building, under China-Aid, as another milestone of China-Liberia relations.

“The process of putting the projects in place is a process of mutual understanding between our two peoples and the outcome has further strengthened our friendship and cooperation,” Amb. ZHANG said on April 27, 2017, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the projects in Monrovia.

Amb. ZHANG alluded to a Chinese proverb that says: “It takes long time to have good things,” indicating that the good things are around the corner after several years of hard work and patience of both sides.

According to him, the Ministerial Complex and the Capitol Building Annexes will improve the working conditions of the Liberian government and legislature so as to better serve Liberian people.

He explained that the Ministerial Complex, with a total construction area of 24,000 square meters, is designed to accommodate at least 1,300 people. It includes offices, meeting rooms, auditorium, multi-function hall, archives, canteen and also auxiliary facilities such as water pump house, power distribution and generator room. For the two Capitol Annex buildings, the Chinese Envoy said the total construction area is 7,300 square meters, accommodating at least 400 people.

Both the Complex and the Annex buildings, he said, are fully equipped with office furniture, assuring that after 30 months, people will see the brand new and well-functioned Ministerial and Capitol buildings.

Amb. ZHANG averred that the projects are solid evidence for the strong commitment of China to stand with Liberia, to develop with Liberia and to share with Liberia, adding, “We are trying our best to make the friendship and partnership between China and Liberia as well as Africa meaningful and tangible, and to let people feel it by heart.”

He also used the occasion acknowledge the contractors, the JPC (Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group) for the Ministerial Complex and JC (Jiangdu Construction Group) for the Annex buildings. Amb. ZHANG said these are not only turn-key projects, but much more than that. More than 400 Liberian workers to join in the construction of the two projects. And a special technical team from Ministry of Public Works is working closely with the Chinese engineers during the whole process in order to know everything specific about the buildings for the better operation and maintenance of them in the future.

“So capacity-building is a major element of China-aid programs,” he maintained.

Then commended all the members of the Liberian team working with China for the support and cooperation.

Also making remark while officially breaking ground for the projects, Liberia’s President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, termed the two projects as a great relief for various ministries and agencies of the Government of Liberia operating from outdated buildings that do not meet current day reality.

The Liberian Chief Executive commended China, also recognizing the contributions of former Chinese Ambassadors-Lin Songtian, Zhou Yuxiao and now Zhang Yue as well acknowledging President Xi Jinping for working towards bringing to fulfillment the Ministerial Complex and Annexes at the Legislature.

On his part, Liberia’s Public Works Minister, Mr. William G. Moore, said the construction of the Ministerial Complex and Annexes to the Capitol Building was not strange to him. Moore said he became involved with the projects when he worked in the President Delivery Unit (PDU). He said he was delighted at this time that the projects are being formally executed. He extended gratitude to former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods and Antoinette Weeks who laid all the technical details for the projects prior to his appointment, as Minister.

Minister Moore then commended the Government of the People’s Republic of China for providing the Ministerial Complex and Annexes to the Capitol Building as China-Aided for Liberia.