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Liberia, China sign three bilateral agreements

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 Presidents Sirleaf and Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.
Presidents Sirleaf and Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.

(elbcradio.com/Nov. 6, 2015)-The Liberian and Chinese Governments have signed three bilateral agreements to further cement the cordial ties between the two countries.

The agreements’ signing ceremony follows discussions between President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
The agreements were signed Tuesday, November 4, 2015 in the Chinese Capital, Beijing.

The three agreements include a Technical Cooperation Agreement for the construction of the Ministerial Complex, valued at 300 million Rmb.
The Maritime Agreement and Visa Waiver Agreement for Diplomatic Passport Holders are the other two accord signed between the two governments.

\President Johnson-Sirleaf went to China on the second state visit to that Asian Country. A Dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Washington D.C., the US$257 million Compact with Liberia combines infrastructure investments with policy and institutional reforms, expected to modernize the country’s power sector, among others.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Vice President, Joseph Boakai, commended the US Government for being a true partner to the Liberian Government.

VP Boakai said the grant signifies the US Government’s demonstration towards Liberia’s recovery process with the backing of Liberia’s own efforts in its post-war recovery process.

In a related development, the US Government has signed the Millennium Challenge Cooperation Compact amounting to US$257 million.

In a related development, the Chinese Government has reaffirmed its continued support to the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). The Director General of China Central Television (CCTV), Zhang Penghao, says he is pleased being a part of a Chinese Delegation in Liberia to assist with the restoration efforts of major broadcast equipment at LBS.

Mr. Penghao pledged his unflinching support to the National Broadcaster when the need arises. The CCTV Executive made the statement when his visiting delegation paid a courtesy call on LBS Director General, Ledgerhood Rennie, at his Paynesville office.

Mr. Penghao is at the head of the Chinese delegation is in the country to carry on routine maintenance of LBS broadcast equipment across Liberia.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Rennie commended his CCTV Counterpart for ensuring that the National Broadcaster is given access to digital television.

“I am of the strong conviction that Mr. Penghao and his team of experts will return to support the full digitalization network of the System,” Mr. Rennie also said.

He described his CCTV component of LNRV programs as a significant boost to the bilateral ties between Liberia and China.

 


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