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Liberia, African Dev. Bank sign $US35m agreement

Victor D. Kezelee/Joseph T. Koon

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- The people of Southeastern Liberia are poised to benefit from a modern road shortly under the African Development Bank- funded project.

This followed the signing of a $US35 million Loan Agreement between the African Development Bank (ADB) and the Liberian Government Friday, July 8, 2016 in Monrovia.

Speaking at the ceremony, Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, said: “The road project is designed to increase trade and interconnection throughout the region for the mutual benefits of Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.".

Minister Moore said the pavement of the Harper –Ganta Highway will bring a great relief to the three MRU countries.

“The sustainability of these projects requires strong collaboration among ministries of government to ensure the implementation of the Road Sector Reforms, “Minister Moore noted. 

Finance and Development Planning Minister, Boima Kamara and Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore, signed on behalf of Government, while ADB Resident Representative, Margarete Kilo, signed for the Bank.

The Road Project is an initiative of the Mano River Union Road program, representing the Second Phase of the Fish Town-Harper Road Pavement Project.

The fund will enhance the pavement of a 98-kilometer road north of Karloken, including the construction of a bridge over the Cavalla River between Harper in Liberia and San Pedro in La Cote d’ I voire.

The project, when completed, will also enhance government’s service delivery programs in the Southeastern Region, especially in the areas of health and education for the locals.

The Southeastern Region of Liberia comprises Sinoe, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru and  River Gee Counties.

It will also open up markets, access to communities, especially tourist areas in Cote d’ Ivoire to improve incomes for the people in the region.

Earlier, ADB Resident Representative, Margarete Kilo, said: “The project is a MRU initiative aimed at increasing trade and interconnection for Liberia, Guinea and Cot d’ Ivoire. “

“The Bank is committed to supporting Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation,” Madam Kilo said.

 


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