China Reaffirms Bilateral Support to Liberia in Agriculture, Tech

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Deputy Speaker Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa and members of the 54th Legislature in video conference with the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China

The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China has reaffirmed its support to Liberia in strengthening bilateral ties in agricultural programs and technology, as well as providing experts, equipment and facilities.

The NPCPRC made the disclosure on Monday, March 22, 2021 when its officials held a virtual discussion with the 54th Legislature of the Republic of Liberia. 

The video conference also centered on bracing China-Liberia’s relationship in continuing to provide training opportunities to Liberians, enhancing food productions to assure food security.

The virtual conference was aimed to further deepen exchanges between the two lawmaking bodies, as well as infrastructural development.

The five-man NPC delegation was headed by the Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee, His Excellency Wang Chen Chairman.

Members include the Vice Chairman on the Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the Deputy Secretary General of Steering Committee, the Vice Chairman on the Committee of Education, Science, Culture and Health and the Vice Chairman on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

For the Liberian Legislature, the delegation was headed by Deputy Speaker Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa of the 54th Legislature. Other Members include Senator Conmany Wesseh, Acting Chairman on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Chairman on Youth and Sports; Rep. Crayton Duncan, House’s Chairman on Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Johnson Gwaikolo, House’s chairman on Education and Public Administration Committee and Rep. Matthew Zarzar, co-chairman on the House’s Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning.

Speaking on behalf of the NPC, Steering Committee Vice Chairman Chen said China enjoyed the solidarity and partnership between the two countries and acknowledged President George Weah’s extended solidarity when China was hit by COVID 19.

He then commended the Liberian Legislature for enacting laws to uphold the one-China policy.

Mr. Chen also recalled that when Liberia was hit by the deadly Ebola Virus, China provided emergency assistance, including materials, food and cash. He outlined that China fought side-by-side to eradicate Ebola from Liberia, and also fought with Liberia during the CIVID 19.

The NPC’s Vice Chairman on the Steering Committee indicated that China appreciates the Pro-poor agenda of President George M. Weah-led government and that the two countries need to strengthen more cooperation in agriculture to contribute to poverty reduction.

Deputy Speaker Founati Koffa, on behalf of the 54th Legislature, said the country acknowledges with great gratitude China’s strides in strengthening the relationship with Liberia, and the swift response in helping the country during the deadly Ebola crisis almost seven years ago.

The Deputy Speaker expressed sympathy to China and acknowledged China’s swift action in controlling the COVID 19 epidemic, providing a leadership role to the rest of the World including Liberia.

Cllr. Koffa said Liberia has a lot to learn in Agriculture from China, and the Legislature hopes to follow-up with the NPC in terms of Agriculture, education, and sports.

The Deputy Speaker stated that the country (Liberia) has expressed confidence that China will handle its domestic issues with Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Tibet, in keeping with international norms.

Mr. Chen at the end of the discussion extended an invitation to Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Deputy Speaker Koffa, and members of the Special Committee of the 54th Legislature to the People’s Republic of China.

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