The Chinese Embassy near Monrovia on April 29 handed over several agricultural tools and two motorbikes to the National Traditional Council and Elders of Liberia to complement their community farming agenda.
The tools included seven wheelbarrows, several cutlasses, shovels, boots and watering cans, among other items.
Making the donation Deputy Chief of Mission Li Zhuang said “The donation is a symbol of the China-Liberia practical cooperation and also a small concrete step towards implementation of China’s work guidelines towards Africa, initiated by Chinese President, Xi Jinping.”
The guidelines, according to Counselor Li, include sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith.
The Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission said “Our bilateral cooperation has covered many fields, among which agriculture leads in a crucial position since we always take food as our primary demand.”
He indicated that his government is implementing several agriculture projects including the China-Liberia Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center and the Bamboo and Rattan Weaving Project in Liberia.
Counselor Li said China and Liberia have common historical experiences and struggles, pointing out that the two are developing countries facing common challenges.
He said China will continue to play a constructive role in the rebuilding process of Liberia to serve as a “watering can” to water the friendship.
Accepting the donations, the National Chairman of the Council of Chiefs and & Elders, Chief Zanzan Kawor stressed with delight, “You are the first Ambassador from China to enter here. We have written papers to our Representatives, Senators, government officials, Pro-Tempore and others, but not one has come here except you.”
Chief Kawor said the Minister of Internal Affairs, Dr. Henrique Tokpah, has instructed the Council of Chiefs & Elders to prioritize community farming to enhance food security in the country which they have begun, but requests to officials of government to help them with farming tools has gone unanswered.
He recalled China’s role in Liberia’s development agenda and acknowledged China as the first partner to significantly intervene in the Ebola crisis before other partners followed.
He lauded the Chinese Embassy for the gesture and promised that the Council of Chiefs & Elders will reciprocate by gowning Counselor Li and his wife this month (May).
He urged Liberians to imitate the hard working nature of the Chinese. “I have been to their home. I went to Shanghai, Beijing and their cultural villages. These people are hard working people and they work day and night!” Chief Kawor declared.
Speaking earlier, another elder of the Council, E. Musu Coleman, pointed out that “whatever comes to this little building, it has a trickledown effect on the whole country because this place serves as a connecting line between the indigenous, the downtrodden, the illiterate people and the government.”
She said a donation by a foreign country makes them feel elated, urging China not only to donate to Liberia, but teach Liberia how to produce items that are donated.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, William Jallah, thanked the Chinese Embassy for the donation, saying that the tools will greatly help the beneficiaries to go back to the soil.