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Japan, South Africa lift travel ban on Liberia

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South African President, Jacob Zuma
South African President, Jacob Zuma

( 27, 2015)-The Governments of Japan and South Africa have lifted travel restrictions, respectively, on Liberia.

The lifting of restriction on Liberia by the two countries follows the recent decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the country Ebola free. WHO’s Liberia-Ebola-free declaration was made Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Monrovia.

In separate messages, the Japanese and South African Governments said they decided to resume economic cooperation projects in the country. The two countries’ Economic cooperation projects were suspended because of   the outbreak of the Ebola virus Liberia.

The projects include the Somalia Drive reconstruction, and the Monrovia Power System’s rehabilitation, as well as the reopening of JICA- Liberia field office shortly.

Japanese Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Kaoru Yoshimura, said with the resumption of training programs, also suspended because of Ebola, JICA is currently conferring with institutions that will accept Liberian trainees.

The lifting of the travel ban on Liberia by Japan was disclosed by Ambassador Kaoru when he met with Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, on the margins of the just ended ECOWAS 47th Summit in Accra, Ghana.


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