Liberia and Germany, like other bilateral partners, have had diplomatic relations over 50 years now, with the desired benefits reflected on both countries.
Germany has been proactive in contributing to Liberia’s post-war infrastructure projects, including the Mount Coffee Dam for which over €230 million was contributed during the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Administration.
As the two countries’ bilateral relations continue in the George Weah Administration, German Ambassador to Liberia, Hubert J. Jäger, at Germany’s National Day reception on October 3, 2018, said his country is still active in the country, taking into account transparency, predictability and proper governance as well as fiscal responsibility and sustainability in the country.
Ambassador Jager’s statement has come at a time the Weah Administration is being implicated in financial malpractices that have led to the alleged disappearance of 16 billion Liberian dollars and for which the public is holding the government to account.
Amid this challenge, government officials have taken opposing sides on the matter as to whether or not money is missing. The most recent statement came from Central Bank Governor Nathaniel Patray, informing the public that “No money is missing,” though he remains resolute that the CBL will cooperate with the investigative team that the government has set up to probe into the matter.
Liberia, the German Ambassador said, is faced with enormous problems ranging from infrastructure to human development and health which, according to him, Germany is in the position to liaise with other international partners and the European Union to address.
World Bank 2017 report puts Germany first on the list as the largest economy in Europe.
With Great Britain’s decision to exit the EU, the German Ambassador said his country remains committed to the EU to help address global challenges posed by different situations.
He said though the reunification of East and West Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall was viewed with skepticism by a few, this unity has driven Germany to gain the economic strength it has now.
Germany is one of three countries that recognized Liberia’s independence after 1847. The bilateral relations between the two have led German businesses and non-governmental organizations, including the German International Development Cooperation (otherwise known as GIZ), to operate in Liberia.
Speaking on behalf of the Liberian government, Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin recalled Germany’s contributions to the growth and development of Liberia, referencing construction of feeder roads in south-eastern Liberia as part of the many contributions.
Minister Shoniyin also recalled support from Germany to the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) as key in the UNMIL (United Nations Mission in Liberia) transition process which, accordingly, capacitate those security agencies in logistics.