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GOL, ADB sign Harper/Fish Town road agreement

Patrick Flomo/Benjamin S. Taingay

(elbcradio.com/Liberian/Feb. 10, 2015)-The Government OF Liberia (GOL) and the African Development Bank (ADB) have signed the second phase of the Harper-Fish Town Highway agreement.

The project, valued at US$1m, is being funded by the ADB Fund and Transition Support Facility. The 96-kilometer road will include a link to Cote D’Ivoire with a support bridge over the Cavalla River between Harper City in Liberia and San Pedro in Cote D’Ivoire.

The first phase of the road construction will begin February, 2015, owing to delays caused by the Ebola outbreak in the country.

ADB Resident Representative, Margaret Kilo, signed for the Bank, while Finance Minister, Amara Konneh, signed for the Liberian Government.

According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the ceremony was held over the week-end in Monrovia and, was witnessed by Public Works Minister, William Moore, and Information Minister, Lewis Brown. The agreement is subject to ratification by the National Legislature.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Madam Kilo said: “The project will open up the Southeast, assist government deliver social services, and create market access to improve incomes for the people in the region.”

She also said: “As part of the Mano River Initiative, the highway will increase trade and interconnection between Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia when the full stretch of the road from Harper to Ganta is fully paved.”

“Ensure that the remaining condition for Phase One is finalized by the payment of compensation to the project-affected people (PAP),” she urged the Government.

In remarks, Minister Konneh said: “Road construction is one of the pillars of the Agenda for Transformation and targets improving infrastructure to drive economic growth.”

The Finance Minister then thanked the ADB for the funding and assured the Bank that the Liberian Government will meet its obligations to complete the project timely.

 


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