Internal Affairs Minister Blamoh Nelson has called for the Chinese Government’s intervention in Liberia’s development drive. Minster Nelson named several areas for possible intervention by the Chinese, which are captured under government’s Decentralization Program. They include construction of paramount chief headquarters in their respective chiefdoms, boundary harmonization, and capacity-building as well as the provision of logistical support to the local administration. Decentralization is the process of transferring power from the national government to local (country) government.
Minister Nelson said this is the most effective way of empowering the people and delivering public services for their benefits, "because it also promotes citizens’ participation, accountability and transparent governance at the local levels." The Internal Affair Minister also named the rehabilitation and expansion of the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant as well as the Model Agricultural Community Projects (AGROCOM) which China could assist.
Minister Nelson made the call on Wednesday when Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at head of a four-member delegation paid a courtesy call on him (Nelson) at his Capitol Hill office in Monrovia.
In response, Chinese Ambassador Jianhua lauded the Liberian Government for the cordial relationship with China. He then assured Minister Nelson of the Chinese Government’s renewed commitment to supporting the country in its development phase.
Amb. Jianhua also wants government to outline specific areas of need in which China’s support can be maximized.
He however stressed that government prioritizes agriculture, encourage establishment of basic industries and labor intensive enterprises, which will prove much-needy job opportunities for the people, particularly the youths. The Chinese Diplomat called for the completion of documentation for China Union to begin full operations in Liberia.
On other matters, the Ambassador said in addition to the 70 Liberians currently studying in China at various levels, 45 more scholarships are due later this year to enable other Liberians study in various academic disciplines in China.
The ceremony was attended by an array of officials from the MIA and other entities of the government.