China is planning to build a highway for Liberia as part of their Ebola recovery aid. Liberia’s foreign minister speaking at a news conference on Sunday with China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, who is currently visiting Liberia, stated that China is planning to build a coastal highway in Liberia.
The existing coastal route is fundamental for commerce in the country, especially considering it is rebuilding after the civil war that ended in 2003.
The highway will connect the capital to the border with the Ivory Coast through the port city of Buchanan, which is where exports of iron and timber pass through. Currently the road is unpaved.
“China has agreed to help Liberia with the construction of a ministerial complex which will host about 10 ministries. Also, China will construct a coastal highway,” Liberia’s Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said.
Wang said “China is open to cooperation in all areas and we know that Liberia is attracting investments from all countries around the world. We know about the historic ties between Liberia and USA but China has its own strength.”
“Our relations with Liberia have enjoyed fast growth,” he continued.