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For Somalia Drive expansion: Liberia, Japan sign $US50m grant

Preisdent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and 
Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Naoto Nika
Preisdent Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency Naoto Nika

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-Liberia and Japan have signed a US$50m grant for the final expansion of the Somalia Drive, linking the Freeport of Monrovia and the Paynesville-Red Light Community.

The Somalia Drive is located west of the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Naoto Nikai, told mylbsonline Monday, June 10, 2013 that the signing of the grant was his government’s commitment towards Liberia’s rebuilding process.

“Japan-Liberia bilateral ties would further be strengthened through infrastructure development for Liberia.” Ambassador Nikai added.

Responding, Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, praised Japan for the gesture and recounted the        long-standing relations between their respective governments and peoples.

”The grant is intended for the expansion of the Somalia Drive,” Minister Ngafuan said.

“The signing of the grant also manifests the just-ended Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).” he also noted.

Prior to signing the grant, Japan has been involved in several infrastructure developments,   including the construction of schools, power plants, among others in recent years in Liberia.

Japan is also committed to implementing and promoting the framework of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in the area of infrastructuredevelopment in African.

 


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