India has made its impression to Liberia under the administration of President George Weah donating 50 buses, offering US$2million and expressing its willingness to credit Liberia US$144 million to kick its development programs.
A release from the Indian Embassy in Abidjan said Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. M.J. Akbar led a 4-member delegation to Liberia on 1-2 march 2018. The visit was the first bilateral visit from the indian side in the last two years.
The release said Mr. Akbar called upon H.E. George Manneh Waeh, the president of the republic of Liberia on 2 March 2018. In the meeting, bilateral relations were reviewed and ways to intensify the relations were discussed. Mr. Akbar congratulated the Liberian president on assumption of charge of the 24th president of Liberia and applauded his leadership and vision for Liberia. President Weah hosted breakfast in honor of Mr. Akbar.
According to the release, in the discussions with president Weah, Mr. Akbar reiterated India’s commitment to Liberia’s overall socio-economic development and underlined that India’s approach would be to respond to the needs of Liberia and participate in effort and project which are priorities of the; Liberian people.
The release said Mr. Akbar conveyed India’s decision to build a large convention center to be named after Mahatma Gandhi as part of its grant-in-aid programmes offer of development assistance to Liberia to the tune of US$2million as grand-in-aid for health sector projects reiterated India’s willingness to revive allocation of a line of credit worth US$144 million to donate fifty vehicle (passenger buses and fire engine vehicle) to augment the facilities of the Monrovia Transit Authority and Fire Services department. India is also supporting and educational project in Liberia, which will build a facility, dedicated to computer literacy training and reading skills development for children, as well as livelihood skills training for mother under India-UN Development Partnership Fund. India has also offered to initiate discussions on sending teachers for Liberian schools, and upgrading its Pan-African e-network project in Liberia. The two nations also discussed cooperation in IT, e-government and health sectors.
Mr. Akbar held extensive bilateral talks with Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia on 2 March 2018. The meeting identified immediate priority areas for bilateral relations, mainly capacity building training programmes for the Government of Liberia, in the sector off health, education, IT, and governance. The meeting was attended by several cabinet minister of Liberia.
Findley and Mr. Akbar also discussed cooperation on UN Security Council reform and other UN related issues like secjurity cooperation and combating threats from terrorism.
Findley received Akbar at the airport on his arrival on March 1 as a special gesture and hosted a reception in honor of his Indian counterpart which was attended by representatives of the Liberian leadership, Indian community, diplomatic and international community of Liberia. Minister of State for External Affairs, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor and senior cabinet.
In a special gesture the mayor of Monrovia Jefferson Koijee presented the key to the city of Monrovia.