The Government of Germany, through the German Development Cooperation, has made an 8-million Euros grant to the Liberian government in support of the country’s pre- and post-war recovery program. The money, according to German officials, will be used for projects in three counties in southeastern Liberia, already identified under the German-funded, Reintegration and Recovery Program (RRP). Those counties are: Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Sinoe.
Speaking last Friday at the Ministry of Finance during the signing ceremony of the grant, German Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Ralph Timmermann, said Germany was happy to provide additional support to the RRP program in Liberia in order to improve the living condition of the people in those counties.
Ambassador Timmermann observed that the RRP provides an active contribution to the socio-economic recovery in Liberia’s Southeast and the consolidation of the peace process in the country as a whole.
The German envoy, who signed for his country, expressed his gratitude to both governments for the extension of the RRP program in the Southeast.
“I am very happy for the extension of the recovery program in Liberia. This extension allows us to continue the very successful work we are already doing in the Southeastern region of Liberia,” he said.
The German Ambassador also noted that the extension gives a very significant new face to the program, which targets agriculture, health, education, road, and rural infrastructure projects and women issues, amongst other.
The RRP started in Liberia in 2005, and is currently in its third phase. The implementation period for the third phase of the RRP runs from October, 2010, until September, 2014.
With the additional 8 million Euros supplemental money provided by the German government, the lifespan of the RRP program has been extended to 2017.
The German government had already made available a total of 15 million Euros in support of the RRP program since it started in 2005.
“We are very happy to continue work in the Southeast,” said Madam Sonja Wassermann, project manager of the German KfW Development Bank.
“We started this work since 2005 and the program has now been extended to 2017; that will allow us to help the people of southeastern Liberia in the areas of agriculture and rural infrastructure projects such as roads, education and women’s support, she added.”
For his part, Liberia’s Minister of Finance Amara M. Konneh thanked the German government for the grant support and said the RRP has been successful in the Southeast, specifically in Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and River Gee counties.
“I personally want to applaud the efforts of the Germans for providing 8 million Euros in aid from the German Federal Budget for the continuation of the RRP in the Southeast,” Minister Konneh said.
He said the signing ceremony further assured the people of Liberia of the strong relations between Liberia and Germany.
“We are truly assured that the German government is conscious of Liberia’s medium term development plan, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), which ends in 2017. Minister Konneh, who is also Acting Minister of Planning &Economic Affairs, described Germany as one of Liberia’s most reliable bilateral partners.