Guinea –Liberia has finally signed a framework document for the establishment of the railway corridor following a three day inter-ministerial conference in Monrovia, Liberia.
The event brought together nine ministerial delegates from Guinea headed by its foreign Minister M. Ibrahima Kalil Kaba and some officials of the Liberian government .
Speaking over the weekend during the end of the conference, Liberia Mines and Energy Minister Gesley Murray, describes the initiative as a window of new opportune for both countries.
He said the opportunity is in respect to economic cooperation and regional integration, adding that the railway cooperation will further seal the already strong systemic and brotherly tie that existed between both countries.
Minister Murray, noted that the railway development is also intended to seize opportunities presented by the new emerging market and capacity to marshal financial resources at scale.
Minister Murray noted that the railway system is something that has the propensity to witness phenomenal growth and development of both country’s economy.
According to the Mines and Energy Minister, Liberia is highly delighted to see the implementation going forth, noting that following the workings of the technical group, the document will be presented to Presidents of both countries.
He maintained that the project has to be in the pipeline for about forty-eight years since 1973, but with the humanity of both countries’ visionary leaders, the project is about to join start.
Meanwhile, the Liberia Mines and Energy Minister use the occasion to thank the Guinean delegate for being dedicated to ensuring that the long-term project is finally heading a fruitful result.
In a related development, Mines and Energy Minister Murray debunk the June 11 2021 publication of the Independent News Paper which stated in its headlines that the 20 billion deal sealed.
Minister Murray explained that the paper publication is far from the truth terming the information as false and misleading, noting that the technical group has not come up with the cost of a specific of the entire project.
He noted that a feasibility study has to be carryout by the technicians so as to enable them to give the overall cost of the project, something according to him cannot be done during this first inter-ministerial conference.
Also speaking the Guinea Minister for Geologist Abdoulaye Magagoba, expressed gratitude to the government and people of Liberia for the kind gesture during the three days ministerial conference in Monrovia.
He further revealed that elements that have been the setback for the delay in the implementation of the project have been discussed on the table during the conference.
Minister Magagoba, noted that the president of guinea and the Liberian president are expected to meet in July of this year so as to discuss the forward implementation thought taking from where the ministerial secretariat has reached it.
At the same time, Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean, has on behalf of President George Weah presented gifts to the delegate for onward presentation to Guinea president Alpha Conde, its finance minister, and transport minister among others.
He said the gifts speak as a sign of appreciation from president Weah for their commitment to upholding and maintaining the lasting tie already existed between both countries.
On Wednesday the Government of Liberia and the Republic of Guinea begun a discussion on the establishment of a railway link so as to enable Guinea to transport its ore using the port of Grand Bassa.
The project is intended to significantly enhance the flow of tradable goods and services along the Liberia – Guinea railway corridor.
The project is to seize the opportunities presented by the new emerging market and capacity to marshal financial resources at scale.