Liberia, China Sign Human Capacity Development Agreement

The Governments of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China, Friday, signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement for Human Capacity Development.   The two countries agreed, through an Exchange of Notes, to expand cooperation in the field of human resource development in the framework of technical cooperation.

The Agreement which is value at US$300,000.00 (three hundred thousand United States Dollars) will enable twenty (20) Liberian technicians to undergo 30 days training program in the areas of repair, maintenance, operation and the management of elevators for a period of one month in China.

During a ceremony for the exchange of notes ceremony held between Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Ngafuan expressed Liberia’s deep appreciation and gratitude to the Chinese Government through its Ambassador to Liberia for demonstrating yet another strong bilateral partnership.

While expressing thanks on behalf of Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the Government of China for the bilateral assistance, Minister Ngafuan said the Liberian Government will identify appropriate personnel with the requisite qualification and passion across sector government ministries and agencies with elevators to attend the program in China who he said will be useful to the nation upon arrival back home.

Minister Ngafuan said the training is necessary as it will help build the technical capacity of middle-level technicians in government who are needed to keep the wheels of government infrastructure running. “These technicians will help us greatly, as government usually gets technicians from neighboring countries to repair elevators and at times carry on routine maintenance”, the Foreign Minister remarked.

In conclusion, Minister Ngafuan said he looks forward to executing more new agreements with China for the mutual benefits of China and Liberia and for the strengthening of relations between both nations.

Speaking at the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador Zhao lauded Liberia for the excellent cooperation and disclosed that the gesture, the first in China-Liberia relations history, is intended to train young Liberians with the necessary skills and knowledge for the management and maintenance of public facilities, especially elevators so as to be effective and contribute meaningfully to the development needs of Liberia.

Commending Liberia, the Chinese Envoy said Liberia is rapidly progressing in its socio-economic programs but needs technical training opportunities for its young population.

He said the gesture is in direct response to the Liberian government’s request for bilateral assistance through human capacity development in which he said his government is here to help Liberia to address.

The Chinese Ambassador added that trainers in China will help provide Liberian technicians with technical skills and knowledge to adequately prepare them to meet the development needs of their country, Liberia.