By Edwin G. Wandah
The Governments of China and Liberia have agreed to work together to improve the Liberian-Chinese Bamboo Market as a joint China-Liberia Partnership Agreement, which will see several young Liberians being specialized in the construction and production of rattan materials made from bamboo.
According to an official from the Chinese Embassy, Guan, Liberia stands to benefit in the building of manpower which will be a key developmental step in the technical areas and training of the Liberian youths who will in turn be trainers of trainers.
Our reporter who visited the Samuel K. Doe Complex and toured the compound of the Chinese Rattan sight vividly saw several young Liberians demonstrating what they have taught and using their hands to produce substances made from bamboos.
A young lady Kumah was busy working on a rattan chair her boss had plaited as a sample for her to complete. “I have been here for about six months now and through the help of the Chinese experts, I can now produce a rattan chair,” Kumah stated.
Another young Liberian, Johnson said, “The job has been rewarding for me because prior to my coming here life was difficult, especially; finding something to do to feed my family,” Johnson stated. He however, thanked the Chinese Government for bringing the program to Liberia where many young people especially the young people can find something to do.
Sometimes this year, the Liberian Government and the People’s Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding for extending the Chinese Liberian Rattan and Bamboo Production which will see the People’s Republic of China provide funds for the establishment of a Rattan-Bamboo production in the country.