Japan to Provide US$2.7M Food Assistance to Liberia

first_imgJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley in TokyoThe Government of Japan has announced US$2.7 million worth of Food Assistance to the Government and people of Liberia with the aim to address Liberia’s food security situation, a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.According to the release, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the disclosure at his office in Tokyo when he held a bilateral meeting with Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley.Minister Kono told his counterpart that his government is intensifying efforts aimed at elevating Liberia-Japan bilateral relations.As part of the efforts, Minister Kono said the Government of Japan will provide US$2.7 million worth of rice to Liberia to be sold at a minimum cost in an effort to alleviate hunger in the country.He added that the proceeds from the rice would be used to tackle the CDC-led Government’s Pro-poor developmental initiatives.Minister Kono said that the Japanese Embassy accredited to Liberia will work closely with the Liberian government to promote Japanese investments in the country.Kono informed Minister Findley that the Government of Japan looks forward to seeing President George Weah paying a state visit to Japan next year.In response, Minister Findley applauded the Government and people of Japan for the level of collaboration, and supports Liberia has received so far from that Asian country.“Your Ambassador to Liberia is working very hard with our technical team to deliver the message of the food aid to our people. We also want to thank the Government and people of Japan for the level of collaboration we have received thus far,” Minister Findley told his Japanese counterpart.Findley also recounted the numerous humanitarian assistance of Japan to Liberia during the Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015 as well as the many infrastructural works that are being carried out in the country by the Japanese, specifically the Somalia Drive Phase two Road Project which, according to him, will soon commence following the signing of an agreement between Liberia and Japan.The Liberian envoy used the occasion to thank the Government of Japan, through Minister Kono for considering Liberia’s new proposals recently submitted to his Government, including the 282 Housing Units that are supposed to be built in Casstown, Grand Kru County.Minister Findley then reiterated Liberia’s call for Japanese bilateral assistance in the areas of Housing facilities, which he added, will improve living conditions for rural Liberians.He also pleaded with the Japanese to construct the Omega Market in Paynesville which, according to Findley, would provide decent environment where marketeers will sit and conduct their business activities.Minister Findley used the occasion to call on the Japanese specialized companies to invest in potential sectors of the country’s economy, including agriculture, fisheries, and mining.“With that partnership, it becomes what we refer to as development with growth geared towards improving the lives of our people and, at the same time, improving our economy and relations between Liberia and Japan,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER LAURA

first_imgDONEGAL man Jason Black was hoping to be on top of Mount Everest today – to mark his daughter’s birthday!But mother nature has put off the final ascent for two more days at least!The Letterkenny nightclub owner was delighted however to pick up a faint phone signal from 8000mts up – and sent the following blogs. And he talks of his sadness at learning that a climber he met out there has died.Here’s his latest despatch:Just sitting at the yellow band at just below the death one at 8000mts – FREEZING I mean really FREEZING .. Summit next 2 days .. Fingers crossed guys.Guys can’t believe my luck, switched on my phone and don’t know how this has happened but I’ve got one bar on a Chinese reception. Anyway quickly guys I’m on the final push the last few days have been just brutal but in a sick way unbelievable. Outside of the pain the views and sights of God’s play garden for the slightly mad has been just life_changing and that’s a chapter for another day, life changing and inspirational and a damn good way to really find my myself.Tonight now its 9.40 here and I’m sitting just meters from the death zone – sounds so dramatic but trust me it is.So many lives have been lost here already – 14 about the death zone at 8000mts and sadly I lost a good friend who I met first day in Kathmandu because the route is a lonely old place we most days hooked up for a cuppa to discuss our plans ahead.Well yesterday Namgil, who was to me a super guy became number 15 and my heart today is so heavy.His body just gave up and he dropped on route, tomorrow on my way I will pass Namgil as he’s still up ahead and I will give him a good Irish prayerful goodbye. So as I sit pitched high on a very, very windy north ridge – gales are 80mph + and I hope this tent holds out or I’m for a speedy run.Everest summit above now waits guys and I’ve got a date with destiny….Plenty of prayers very welcome.Can’t seriously express how much you guys mean to me and the encouragement has been breath taken I hope to do you all very proud over the next few days. And for the kids of Donegal I’ve got some pretty quality photos to show you all.That all for now…LoveJasonPSAnd I’ve left the best for last – HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAURA – my beautiful daughter’s birthday 18th May and how proud you have made myself and your mammy Laura.I’d planned the 18th for my summit but Mother Nature put a stop to that plan so have a great day Laura… I love you so much…Daddy xJASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER LAURA was last modified: May 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:JASON BLACK’S MOUNT EVEREST BLOG: A FRIEND I MET OUT HERE HAS BECOME 15TH PERSON TO DIElast_img read more