The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Government are expected to shortly sign an Exchange of Notes (E/N) for another round of KR Food Aid to be referred to as “Food Aid 2018,” valued at US$2.7 million, a release said yesterday, November 5.
KR is the abbreviation for Japan’s Food Aid Scheme.
Japanese Ambassador to Liberia Tsutomu Himeno will sign for his government, while Foreign Affairs Minister Gbehzohngar Findley will also sign for the GoL.
According to the release, the Food Aid Grant will be monetized to support Liberia’s socioeconomic development, “because the previous KR Food Aid Grants were used to support some of the country’s economic recovery projects, including Paddy and seed rice projects, the construction of two warehouses in Lofa, Bong, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh counties that were implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Other activities the grant supported are the human resource capacity building project at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the LIFE FUND, implemented by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The pending signing of the Grant follows barely two weeks after a Grant Approval of LS587,491.874 for the construction of the 282 low-cost housing units in Sasstown, Grand Kru County.
In a related development, the GoL and its Japanese counterpart are also holding bilateral discussions at the highest level for the construction and relocation of the Gobachop Market in Paynesville to the Omega Village Community together with the main Red Light Market, to give way for the World Bank road expansion project between Coca-Cola Factory and ELWA junction.
“The relocation of more than 21,600 marketeers and illicit peddlers is a major concern to President George Weah’s government,” the release said.
The relocation of the two markets is intended to achieve two things that will ultimately fulfill President Weah’s aspiration and wishes that the Red Light, Paynesville hub is given a better scenery and can completely become de-congested to ease the movement of people and goods, and also provide a better trading environment to the population, improve food hygiene and safety and enhance economic activities.
The GoL, according to the release, is exceedingly glad for the Government of Japan’s continued support to the country’s economic recovery programs that is geared at addressing its intractable development challenges, and promised to scrupulously execute the projects for which the funds are intended.