Liberia, China Sign Six Agreements

The Deputy Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, Honorable Fu Ziying, at the head of a high-powered delegation arrived in the country Thursday morning for a four-day official visit from April 22 to 25, 2010. The delegation comprises 14 government officials, 23 business executives and five journalists.

The Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce and delegation, which include senior officials of government and business executives as well as professional journalists, are in Liberia to promote Bilateral Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China.

Vice Minister Fu  Ziying and delegation received a rousing welcome upon their arrival by a special flight at Roberts International Airport on Thursday morning, April 22, 2010. They were greeted by officials of the Liberia Government, including Ambassador Sylvester Grigsby, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Economic Cooperation and Integration; Honorable Frederick B. Norkeh, Deputy Minister of Commence and Industry; Her Excellency Mrs. Neh Dukuly Tolbert, Liberian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and His Excellency Zhou Yuxiao, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia as well as other senior diplomats from the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia and the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the Republic of Liberia.

The Honorable Vice Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and members of his delegation proceeded to the Kendeja Resort and Villa in Paynesville where brief conversations took place between officials of the Liberian Government and some senior members of Honorable Ziying’s delegation.

During Bilateral discussions at the Foreign Ministry, Vice Minister Ziying and the delegation held extensive talks with members of the Liberian Cabinet, including H.E. Mrs. Olubanke King-Akerele, Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Ministers of Commence and Industry, Lands, Mines and Energy, Information, Culture and Tourism, Justice, and the Deputy Ministers of Finance, Planning, Agriculture, Education and Public Works respectively.

Others include Hon. Bernice Dahn, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Hon. Richard Tolbert, Chairman, National Investment Commission and Hon. Samuel W. Thompson, Acting Executive Governor, Central Bank of Liberia.


Representing the Chinese Government are: Hon. Fu Ziying, Vice Minister of Commence; H.E. Zhou Yuxiao, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China accredited to Liberia; Mrs. Zhong Manying, Director General, Department of Western Asia and African Affairs of the Ministry of Commence; Mr. Yao Shenhong, Director General, China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges; Mr. Shen Danyang, Deputy Director General, General Office of MOFCOM and Mr. Li jingling, Deputy Director General, Department of Human Resources of MOFCOM.

Others are Mr. Wang Kuili, Deputy Director General, Department of Aid to Foreign Countries of MOFCOM; Mr. Guan Yanbin, International Business Daily; Mr. Dong Peng, Director, Department of Western Asia and African Affairs of MOFCOM; Mr. Wang Dong, Third Secretary, Department of Western Asia and African Affairs of MOFCOM; Mr. Li Ping, Vice-Governor, China Development Bank Corporation and Mrs. Shi Chengjie, Staff, Department of Foreign Affairs of MOFCOM.

The Bilateral Discussions were followed by a signing ceremony of Six Agreements between the Governments of the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China. Her Excellency Madam Olubanke King-Akerele, Minister of Foreign Affairs signed for the Republic of Liberia while Honorable Fu Ziying, Deputy Minister of Commence of China signed on behalf of his government.

Agreements signed include:

1    Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Liberia. ( Chinese Government shall provide 60 million RMB Yuan gratuitous assistance to the Liberian Government)

2    Exchange of letters-Zero tariff treatment. (Import duties of sixty percent (60%)  of commodities originated from Liberia to China shall be totally exempted)


3    Exchange of letters-Technical Cooperation Project with the Liberia Broadcasting System. ( Chinese Government shall dispatch five experts to LBS and provide maintenance of the facilities and training for LBS technicians)

4    Exchange of letters-for the provision of 10 million RMB Yuan by the Chinese Government for additional medical materials to the Tappita Hospital to support the operation of the hospital.


5    Exchange of letter-Provision of 1.5 Million RMB Yuan medical equipments to the China-Liberia Malaria Prevention and Treatment Center by the Chinese Government.

6    Exchange of letter-Provision of 3 Million Yuan malaria medicines to the Liberian Government by the Chinese Government.

After signing ceremony, Foreign Minister King-Akerele and Honorable Fu Ziying, Deputy Minister of Commerce of China exchanged the agreements.

During the visit, the delegation paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia. The President held extended meeting with Vice Minister Ziying and 15 members of his delegation at the Cabinet Room.

After the extended meeting, the President escorted her guests to the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium to greet business executives of the Chinese delegation.

The start-up Ceremony of China-Union (Liberia) Bong Mines Project commenced at the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium. Honorable Eugene Shannon, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy gave welcome remarks, while other officials also made remarks, including Mr. Chi Jianxin, Mr. Li Jiping, Vice Governor of China Development Bank; Mr. Peng Chen, Vice President of Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp.

During the ceremony, Video introduction to CADfund, Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp was screened for five minutes. The President performed the Unveiling of the nameplate of China Union Investment (Liberia) Bong Mines Co., Ltd., followed by remarks by President Johnson Sirleaf.

On Friday, April 23, 2010, the delegation will visited the China-aided Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Demonstration Technology Projects; the Fendall Campus of the University of Liberia and greet Chinese aid workers. The delegation will also visit the Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Officer of the Chinese Embassy in the I.T.C. Compound.

On the same day, Business discussions between Chinese and Liberian business Executives took place at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town, while a Round-table discussions with diplomats and journalists will be held. The Chinese delegation held a forum on China-Liberia Economic and Trade Cooperation at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia.

On Saturday, 24 April, 2010 Vice Minister Ziying and his delegation visited the Bong Mines Project, where they will be greeted by traditional leaders and local officials, while at 7:30pm on the same day, Vice Minister Ziying and his delegation held meeting with the Chinese Embassy staff.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Commence of the People’s Republic of China, Honorable Fu Ziying, and his delegation l on Friday, April 25, 2010 took off at the RIA for Chad.