Japanese 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)
The Guyanese delegation to this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) has been piquing the interest of a large number of major players in the oil and gas industry worldwide.The various booths at the conference in Houston, TexasGreg Clarke of the HFS Corporate Services Inc., in an interview with the local media outlet, explained that a tremendous amount of interest is being shown in Guyana by visitors and participants of the conference.“There is a lot of interest at this OTC on Guyana. Guyana is leading the world in oil discoveries as of 2018, so there (are) a lot of companies that are coming by expressing interest and asking the question, ‘How do we get in?’ Or, ‘How do we find a partner that can collaborate with us in this field?’ So Guyana is attracting a lot of interest at this event,” Clarke revealed.Nigel Hughes, Chairman of HFS Corporate Services Inc, said that the contacts made by the Guyanese delegation will no doubt translate to good business.“It has been very good from our company’s point of view. Not only have we met some very interesting people, (but) we have made some very useful contacts that I’m pretty confident will translate into good business,” Hughes assured.President of the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Nicholas Boyer, related that a lot of participants have already approached Guyana with interest in networking.According to Boyer, he is hopeful for a favourable response following the conference.“We have a lot of people talking, networking, learning, visiting our booth and finding out a lot more about Guyana. This new frontier for the oil industry…we are very excited about the energy that is happening here,” Boyer expressed.GO-Invest Chief Executive Officer Owen Verwey explained that the experience at the conference allowed Guyana to gain needed knowledge and exposure.As an emerging oil and gas nation, Verwey noted, it is important for Guyana to capitalise on opportunities provided through the conference.“We have little or no experience in this area. The opportunity to come here is largely to bring businesses from Guyana to get exposure for knowledge awareness and for a better understanding of what happens in the industry — what is the value change, and who are the major players in the industry,” Verwey stated.The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.The conference, which concluded on Thursday, was held at Houston’s NRG Park from May 4th. The Government of Guyana, through GO-Invest, collaborated with GCCI to facilitate the participation of representatives from approximately 24 private sector companies and several state agencies.Guyana’s participation at OTC is being funded by private sector sponsorship, along with approximately 20 per cent funding from the Government.