The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany accredited to Liberia, Hubert J. Jaeger, has assured Liberia of his country’s continued support to solidify the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr. Jaeger said Germany will continue supporting Liberia’s development agenda in areas of infrastructure, agro development and energy.
Ambassador Jaeger gave the assurance on Monday, October 3, at a program marking Germany’s National Day observed in Monrovia. He recalled Germany’s long standing bilateral relations with Liberia which has lasted well over 50 years with the two countries continuing to uphold its principles and guidelines.
As a result of the mutual relations existing between Germany and Liberia, Germany has remained one of the major contributors to Liberia’s post-war development agenda, especially in the restoration of energy, construction and maintenance of roads and schools, said Ambassador Jaeger.
He said since 2007, Germany has made available approximately 290 million Euros to Liberia’s development.
“As the principal contributor to the European budget and its development cooperation, Germany also remains one of the largest donors to the country,” Ambassador Jaeger said.
“This support is aimed at creating a framework conducive to economic activity to provide the Liberian people with more and better opportunities to grow and develop your country.”
He acknowledged efforts by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to contain misappropriation and corruption in all its forms and shapes across the country.
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Elias Shoniyin, who represented Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon Kamara at the ceremony, extended President Sirleaf’s and Liberia’s warm facilitations to the President and people of Germany for the 26 years of existence as a United Germany.
Minister Shoniyin acknowledged the role of Germany in Liberia’s post-war and post-Ebola recovery.
He expressed optimism that with the steps taken by the government to tackle societal vices by setting integrity institutions, such as the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, the relations between Liberia and Germany will be solidified in compliance with German foreign policy.
The process leading to German Unity Day began in 1989 when the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Germany was demolished to give way to a United Germany.
The wall was erected following the defeat of Germany at the end of the Second World War by the Allies, leaving East Germany under the control of communist Russia and West Germany for the democrats, including the United States.
After 40 years of separation, the German Ambassador reflected that some neighbors and quite a few German citizens in the East looked at the dynamics and scope of the historic events of breaking the wall and uniting the people with a “modicum of skepticism.”
However, he said taking the nation’s pulse 26 years later a fair amount of that initial skepticism seems to have been overcome.