Liberia Seeks Legislative Exchange with Germany

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“Liberia wants stronger and more proactive legislative exchanges with the German government in order to build its post-war legislative capacity,” Senator H. Dan Morais has declared.

The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman has expressed the importance of re-establishing a stronger line of communication between the Liberian Legislature and her German counterpart, adding; "Liberia needs such exchanges in order to have a vibrant legislature."

Speaking with the new German Ambassador, who paid a courtesy call at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, Sen. Morais recounted Germany's continued assistance to the country’s recovery process and expressed the Liberian Senate’s gratitude for their (Germany’s) unwavering loyalty to a state recovering from years of political instability.

"Germany is the largest donor to our recovery process. They are engaged in funding several initiatives that support road development, electricity and other major developmental issues in our country. We have had these initiatives before, and this is an opportunity to reinstitute a parliamentary collaboration to build our own capacity. Germany was the First Nation to recognize Liberia's independence; this shows how strong the long lasting bilateral ties are between both nations," the Maryland County lawmaker said.

Fostering a union between both governments was high on the agenda in their meeting.

For his part, German Ambassador Ralph Timmermann expressed Berlin's commitment to a more collaborative approach with the Liberian Legislature to foster bilateral exchanges.

How these legislative or parliamentary exchanges would take place was not explained, but the German envoy stressed the need to promote ties between both parliaments, an initiative he considered "important."

"This is not just about government to government ties— which are there and well established— but ties between the representatives and people of Liberia and Germany. We decided to explore today what the possibilities are, whether it is German parliamentarians visiting Liberia, or Liberian representatives visiting Germany. We have to see what fits best. The goal, ultimately, is to advance and intensify relations between the two nations," he said.

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