India to Revive US$144m Credit Line to Liberia

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From left: President Weah, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Akbar, Foreign Minister Findley, a member of the Indian delegation, Finance Minister Tweh, Indian Consul General to Liberia Upjit Singh Sachdeva, and Minister of State McGill

Promises 50 fire trucks and buses; to offer US$2m as grant-in-aid for health and a convention center

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has joined President George Manneh Weah to ensure that the Liberian government’s ‘pro-poor agenda’ trickles down to the downtrodden who are in dire need of economic revival and has announced India’s willingness to revive allocation of a line of credit worth US$144 million.

The announcement was made by India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, M. J. Akbar, who led a four-member delegation to Liberia (March 1-2) in the first bilateral visit from the Indian side in the last two years.

Minister Akbar told President Weah that his country is committed to Liberia’s overall socioeconomic development and pointed out that India’s approach would be to respond to Liberia’s needs and will participate in the efforts and projects which are priorities of the Liberian people.

The Indian External Affairs also said India will donate 50 vehicles (passenger buses and fire engine vehicles) to augment the facilities of the National Transit Authority (NTA) and the Liberia National Fire Service.

This offer has come at an appropriate time as Monrovia has recently suffered three large-scale fire incidents that destroyed properties in the millions of US dollars.

Akbar added that his country is also willing to offer development assistance to Liberia in the tune of US$2 million as grant-in-aid for health sector projects, as well as supporting an educational project in Liberia, which will build a facility dedicated to computer literacy training and reading skills development.

It will also include livelihood skills training for mothers under the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. He said India has decided to build a large convention center to be named after Mahatma Gandhi as part of its grant-in-aid programs.

Mahatma Gandhi was a prominent Indian political leader who campaigned for Indian independence. He employed non-violent principles and peaceful disobedience. He was assassinated in 1948, shortly after achieving his life goal of Indian independence. In India, he is known as ‘Father of the Nation.’

It was Gandhi who said, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it-always.”

It is because of this that Minister Akbar said India has also offered to initiate discussions on sending teachers from his country to Liberian schools, and upgrading India’s Pan-Africa e-network project in Liberia, along with cooperating in IT, e-governance and health sectors.

The Indian minister also held extensive bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Findley, and identified priority areas in capacity building/training programs for the Liberian government in areas such as health, education, IT and governance.

Among other issues, with the presence of several Liberian cabinet ministers were cooperation on UN Security Council reform and other UN-related matters, security cooperation, including combating threats from terrorism.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Findley hosted a reception for the visiting Indian officials and was attended by members of the Indian community, diplomatic corps and members of the international community.

Another dinner reception, hosted by the Indian Honorary Consul General of India for the visitors was attended by Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and senior cabinet ministers.

According to a statement by the Honorary Consul General of India, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, the momentum of high-level bilateral visits between Liberia and India will continue in the coming weeks with the visit of Minister Findley to India to participate in the Founding Members Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) scheduled in New Delhi on March 11.

As a founding member, Liberia can benefit from clean-energy projects, which can be financed through a US$2 billion ISA fund set up by India.

During the Indian delegation’s visit, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee presented the key to the City of Monrovia to Minister Akbar as a special gesture.

India is one of Liberia’s strategic partners for development. While there is a sizable number of Indians doing business in the country, the country has made a pioneering and substantive contribution towards UN activities, particularly peacekeeping in Liberia.

It may be recalled that for the first time ever, India Female Formed Police Unit (FFPU) participated in peacekeeping duties under United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

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  1. Well, thanks very much, India. Your humanitarian assistance will go a long way. I hope that the Weah-Taylor team will make use of your assistance in a way that’s different from previous Liberian governments. In previous administrations, a typical Liberian has found it difficult to see how foreign aid money had been spent while others gained weight with their big guts. Hopefully, that will change. The pro-poor strategy is something to be seen. If it works, most Liberians will be extremely happy.

    Okay, so 50 vehicles are included in the Indian government package. Right there, I see approximately 150-plus jobs. Since there are 24 hours in a day, it simply means that 150 drivers will be hired, if the drivers are not made to sit behind the wheel for 12 hours. Additionally, Liberian mechanics, not foreign mechanics will be hired. All put together, unemployment will
    dip by a fraction. That’s progress.
    God bless Liberia.

  2. Thanks to India but the problem is those bunch people going to misuse those trucks and buses. Some might even steal those trucks and sent it to our neighboring country for sale.

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  4. Well I want to thank the people of India for their humanitarian assistance to the people of liberia and most importantly to the fire service. I hope that the weah taylor led government will work with the government of India as we look forward to them for more assistance.

  5. Read the fine print. India’s so called good will is not free. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Liberia will pay DEARLY. India have built the World’s largest steel plant. They want the green light to dig more craters in Liberia and destroy the ecology and the environment. It will be more disaster for Liberia. India wants/needs Liberia’s Iron Ore.

  6. Sayku,
    The fact that Weah is not in the middle of the 6 neatly dressed gentlemen does not minimize his presidency neither will that deboost his significance. First of all, are you a supporter of his? Come on young guy. Don’t allow such a thing to crawl under your skin. Weah is still the president. Kromah, Kromah, come to yourself. The Indian contingent of 3 men should not be seen by you as an official state visit.

    Kpanneh Doe,
    Let me ask you two questions.
    (1) Do you think that protocol has been violated?
    (2) How did the 6 men in the line up violate protocol?
    You have the burden of proof. Give as many examples as possible to defend your theory. I have a feeling that you know a whole about protocol. Is that right?

    Torli Krua,
    What in your opinion is terribly wrong at the picture above. I have to ask you because you’re complaining about the absence of women in the line-up of 6 well-groomed gentlemen. Krua, when Johnson-Sirleaf led Liberia, did she always take pictures with men? Where was your critique?
    You, Sayku and Doe are a tag team. The readers await your quick response.

  7. Have none of you hears about the Gupta family and state capture in SoutA Africa? They joined with President Zuma and now the country is still looking for 200 million that is lost. Liberians quick to jump when they see things they think is free. This is the same India that is so racist the blacks are the untouchables.

  8. Where is the holdover from Ellen admnistration, Witherspoon who thinks he knows protocol? Why is the president not in the middle?

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