France Pledges More Support
The Embassy of the Republic of France near Monrovia celebrated the National Day of the Republic of France in the compound of its newly refurbished Embassy in Congo Town on July 14, 2015.
Delivering his speech on the momentous ceremony, France Ambassador to Liberia, Joel GODEAU committed his country’s support to the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Police Support Unit (PSU) by providing equipment as well as training opportunities to enable them maintain law and order in the country.
He also said that France has joined the international community to mobilize support to help Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone which were affected by the Ebola outbreak and revealed that his country has also supported the mobilization in favor of Liberia through the commitments of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) and other NGOs.
“France is proud that many French volunteers especially in Liberia responded to the calls for solidarity. One of the few foreign health workers who were hit by the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia was a French Nurse of MSF, Lucie PERARDEL,” he added.
According to Ambassador GODEAU, France has already contributed to the Pool Fund in the health sector and that it will also increase its contributions to the rehabilitation of the Liberian health system by launching new projects. He continued that France being the second most important contributor to Europe, it will adhere to the international call for the support of the Liberian post Ebola Economy Recovery.
Speaking further, he indicated that France’s support to Liberia post Ebola Economy Recovery was through the European budgetary Aid provided to Liberia and through the eleventh European Development Fund whose volume has been considerably increased for the next six years, the recently signed Fishing Agreement between the European Union (EU) and Liberia as well as the implementation of the volunteer partnership in the forest sector.
On the bilateral front, Ambassador Joel GODEAU said that the France Development Agency (AFD) is preparing to mobilize a loan with a concessional rate of nearly $21 million for co-financing with the African Development Bank (ADB) for the improvement of the network of transportation and the distribution of electricity and that PROPARCO, a subsidy of AFD, is considering the granting of loans to Liberian private firms in the productive sector or bank.
He then stressed that French companies operating in Liberia did not abandon the country during the peak of the Ebola epidemic; as such he said that they are determined to continue and develop their activities in Liberia.