China Is Liberia’s Development Partner -Amb. Zhang

By Macpherson C. Marbiah/0886442881-0777250370

Amb. Zhang with participants at the program

The People’s Republic of China, through its embassy near Monrovia, has reaffirmed its commitment in supporting Liberia’s developmental drive.

Speaking Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at programs marking the third edition of the Chinese Ambassador Cup Table Tennis Match Cum, Chinese Ambassador & Enterprise’s Scholarships awarding ceremony, held at the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill,  Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Zhang Yue, said China is helping to build Liberia through various initiatives.

Amb. Zhang said as part of educational exchanges and partnerships, the Chinese government through the Confucius Institute program, has provided two hundred and twenty (220) scholarships over the past seven years to young Liberians to acquire advanced education in Liberia and China.

He said the Confucius Institute program is free of charge and is currently ongoing at the University of Liberia and two other institutions in the country. “It is intended to teach Liberian students how to speak the Chinese Language and in return benefit from numerous scholarships to advance their studies in China,” the Chinese Envoy added.

According to him, over one hundred and forty (140) Liberian students have benefited from its scholarship, disclosing plans for more scholarships next year.

He said the event reminds him of the ‘good old days’, the relationship between the two countries as well as the people-to-people interactions and activities are major part of the international relations.

“We are glad to do this for the third time. We share cultural value and sports and we have lots to play soccer, Chinese arts and other activities,” he said.

For his part, Liberia’s Youth and Sports Minister, Saah Charles N’Tow, recounted that China has helped Liberia in discovering some of its hidden talents as many of them were going away.

Minister N’Tow said the Chinese government, through its embassy, has done so many things for Liberia including the construction of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, Ministerial Complex, Bamboo, Rattan & Weaving and Vegetable programs among others.

He said all of the initiatives undertaken by China help Liberia improve in its developmental quest, revealing that in the next six weeks the Youth and Sports Ministry and its Chinese counterpart will dedicate a newly renovated gymnasium at the SKD Sports Complex.

Also making remarks at the occasion, the Vice President of the University of Liberia, Dr. William E. Allen, said the relationship between Liberia and China has led to the Chinese opening the Confucius Institute at the UL so as to share its cultural exchange with Liberia.

Dr. Allen said through the Confucius Institute program, many Liberian students have benefited from scholarship to advance themselves in China.

According to him, the relationship between the two countries has promoted cultural exchange, adding that interaction helps to build long lasting relationships between nations.

The third edition of the “Chinese Ambassador Table Tennis Cup” grand finale also witnessed the honoring of several students at the Confucius Institute who have benefited from the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship and Enterprise’s Scholarship, with presidents from the various universities also receiving table tennis equipment from the Chinese Ambassador.

In the table tennis men’s single final, Holder Karbowhen of the University of Liberia defeated Armah Kamara of the Cuttinton University, while Lassana Weh won Jerry Zor three straight sets to zero in the Junior event and Celestine King Earge Lovetta Davies in the female category.

The event brought together government officials, Chinese Embassy staff, presidents of various universities, officials and students of the Confucius Institute as well as supporters of sports.

Edited By Fredrick P. W. Gaye, Editor for News & Editorial Services