Chongqing International Construction Corporation (CICO) on Tuesday, December 22, donated a large consignment of agricultural materials worth over US$8,000 to the Township of Caldwell, Louisiana, King Gray and the City of Kakata as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
Welcoming the delegation to the Township of Caldwell, Commissioner Alexine Howard expressed gratitude to the management and staff of CICO, noting that Caldwell, Louisiana, King Gray and the City of Kakata are in need of the assistance.
She recounted the difficult days when the country was hard hit by the Ebola outbreak when CICO took the initiative to collaborate with members of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce who later distributed a consignment of rice and stationary materials to the Caldwell Orphanage Home.
“I have worked with many investors in Caldwell but CICO has always responded to the needs of residents of the Township of Caldwell, for which we have always been grateful. Because of their good work, today residents of Caldwell can boast of having the best road in the country,” declared Commissioner Howard.
Responding, Mr. Pang Hanzhao from the Embassy of the Peoples’ Republic of China, said his government is extremely delighted that more and more Chinese owned companies are helping to better the lives of Liberians.
He described the recent outbreak of Ebola as a very dark period in the country’s history and noted that several Chinese investment companies and institutions stood firm with the Government and people of Liberia as a true partner in progress to helping in kicking out the disease from the country.
He expressed thanks and appreciation to CICO for the donation and stressed that as the country enjoys peace and security more and more Chinese owned companies will invest in the country’s economy.
Mr. Yang Zantao, Managing Director of CICO, said the donation included a generator, wheelbarrows, rain gear, cutlasses, sprayers, rice seed, shovels, diggers, among others, which he said were CICO’s way of identifying with the four communities as part of its corporate social responsibility.
He also listed the construction of the Monrovia City Streets, the Vai Town Bridge, Caldwell Road as well as the Red Light to Gbarnga road projects, which have and continue to create employment opportunities for scores of Liberians.
“Despite the difficult situation as earlier stated we will not forget our responsibility to the people of Liberia. We will always try to perform our corporate social responsibility as much as we can,” Yang said.
Mr. Charles McClain, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, expressed appreciation to CICO for the donations, adding, “We want to see more and more Liberians getting involved in agriculture. The development of agriculture in Liberia is not just the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture,” said McClain.