AMBASSADOR NOH KYU-DUK VISITS MOT Donates 30 Sets of Desktop Computers, Accessories

AMBASSADOR NOH KYU-DUK VISITS MOT - Donates 30 Sets of Desktop Computers, Accessories, Anti-Virus and Printers
AMBASSADOR NOH KYU-DUK VISITS MOT - Donates 30 Sets of Desktop Computers, Accessories, Anti-Virus and Printers
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Monrovia, Thursday, December 10, 2015: The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea accredited to Liberia with residence in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and His Excellency Noh Kyu-duk on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 paid a courtesy call on the Acting Minister of Transport, Honorable Bushuben M. Keita at the Ministry of Transport on Broad Street.

 Briefing Acting Minister Keita and other senior officials of the Ministry, Ambassador Kyu-duk historicized the more than 45 years longstanding relationship between Korea and Liberia.
He enumerated different years and periods during which the Republic of Korea participated in variety of development activities in Liberia. He emphasized that as Korean Ambassador accredited to Liberia, he will ensure that his country remains engaged with Liberia’s post war recovery activities.  He recalled his recent visit to Liberia six months ago during which he visited the Ministry of Transport and discussed with the authorities some of its pressing needs. The Ambassador then donated 30 sets of Desktop computers to enhance the Ministry’s capacity as it prepares to move to its new edifice. He said he was impressed by the Government of Liberia assessment of what the problems are and specific plans to handle them especially in the areas of public transport and meteorological station to enhance the operations of aircraft and farming industries in the country.  

Responding, Acting Transport Minister Bushuben M. Keita, in a very joyous mood but heart touching mood extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Ambassador Kyu–duk for what he described as a magnificent gesture.  Acting Minister Keita also told the audience that Liberia has had longstanding ties with the Republic of Korea over the years. He said it was even a Korean Company that built a major highway leading to the Sierra Leonan Border. “Though the road was built more than 30 years ago, it remains so far the best in the country with minimum maintenance,” Minister Keita emphasized. This very useful contribution from your Excellency will forever be cherished not only by the family of the Ministry of Transport but the people of Liberia,” he further said.

Touching other issues, Acting Minister Keita informed to the Korean Envoy that the Ministry has interest in other areas of cooperation. Specifically, he appealed to him to prevail on the relevant institutions in Korea to do complete feasibility studies for a surface rail to be built so as to ease the traffic congestion in and around Monrovia. He said the surface rail has a market in Liberia and will be a very useful project. Continuing, Minister Keita also told the Ambassador about efforts being made to build a MET Center at the RIA as well establish the National Meteorological Agency as an autonomous  agency of Government to regulate all met-related activities including the early warning system for which he stressed  urgent need for capacity building for its staff.

The meeting was attended by the Honorable Juanita T. Bropleh, Deputy Minister for Land and Rail, as well as other senior staff of the Ministry of Transport including Mr. Daniel T. Johnson, Technical Focal Point, Arthur Gar-Glahn, Director of Meteorology, Hannah G. Sheriff, Director of Personnel, Achibald Abban, Director of Procurement, Wilmot B. Cherue, Deputy Director of Planning, Policy and Project, the Press, among others.