Liberia and Japan discuss Development Projects

Thursday, 15th August 2013

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and a high level delegation of the Japan-African Parliamentary League have met here against the background of Liberia’s 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Accord that officially ended the civil war in Liberia and the 88th anniversary that ended the war between Japan and the United States  highlighting Liberia’s reconstruction programmes.

The Japanese delegation headed by Ichiro Aisawa, President of the Japan-African Parliamentary League told Vice President Boakai that Japan and Liberia have similar experiences about post war reconstruction challenges, but his delegation was impressed by the Liberian leadership commitment to the reconstruction of the country.

Mr. Aisawa said more than eighty years ago, Japan lost everything during the war and that they can fully understand the reconstruction challenges facing Liberia, adding, we know what it means to lost everything and to start all over again, the Japanese Envoy told the Vice President and the Liberian Speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.

He said they toured the Liberian-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Sinkor, the Somalia Drive on the outskirts of the city and were impressed by the work at the hospital and the heavy traffic along the Somalia Drive, one of the main projects at the center of their visit to Liberia.

The delegation toured the Liberia Electricity Corporation Bushrod Island Plant and held talks with LEC Deputy Managing Director, Joseph Mayah a release from the Office of the Vice President said.

Speaking further at the meeting with Vice President Boakai, the head of the delegation said Liberia’s future is bright and that their visit was in respond to President Sirleaf’s visit to Japan and this visit centers around the power generation, the Somalia Drive road expansion  project among others.

House Speaker Alex Tyler, Senate Protempoare, Gbenzonghar Findley, House Member Henry Fahnbulleh and Senator Dan Morias formed part of the Vice President’s delegation at the talks, while the Japanese Delegation of eight was headed by Ichiro Aisawa including Japan’s Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Naoto Nikai.

A luncheon was hosted in honor of the delegation by the Vice President of Liberia at the Royal Hotel in Sinkor.The delegation met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, World Bank Officials and the United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL and later met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Capitol Hill Office.

Prior to the civil war in Liberia, Japan was engaged in the expansion of Liberia’s Television among other programs.