Posts tagged ‘Guinea’

10/08/2015

China to build highway for Liberia as part of Ebola recovery aid | Reuters

China will build a new coastal highway for Liberia as part of its aid to the country recovering from an Ebola epidemic, Liberia’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

English: Map of the Mano River Union showing G...

English: Map of the Mano River Union showing Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was speaking at a news conference with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is visiting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the epidemic.

Liberia’s existing coastal route is vital for commerce as the country rebuilds after a civil war that ended in 2003. It connects the capital to the border with Ivory Coast via the port city of Buchanan, where exports of exports of iron and timber pass through, but much of 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.

China would use its global fund for Africa to finance the project and seek partners, he said. The construction of the ministries had already been announced.

Wang did not directly refer to the highway but said Ngafuan had explained the specific components of China’s aid.

“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,” Wang said.

“Our relations with Liberia have enjoyed fast growth,” he said. Liberia was founded by freed American slaves and has retained close ties with the United States.

Ebola has killed more than 4,800 people in Liberia and almost 11,300 people in the three countries since the outbreak began in December 2013 but the number of new cases has fallen to close to zero in recent weeks.

China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, has sent hundreds of medical workers to Africa and contributed aid of more than $120 million to the anti-Ebola effort, after initially facing criticism for not doing enough.

Many big companies in China have invested in Africa, tapping the continent’s rich vein of resources to fuel the Asian giant’s economic growth over the past couple of decades.

via China to build highway for Liberia as part of Ebola recovery aid | Reuters.

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17/09/2014

Africa’s Ebola Should Be China’s Problem – Bloomberg View

China may be Africa‘s biggest trading partner and one of its biggest investors, but you wouldn’t know that from the size of its contribution toward fighting West Africa’s Ebola outbreak.

China: big on investing, not so much on humanitarianism. Photographer: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty ImagesIn fact, the contrast between its assistance and that of the U.S. is instructive: Today, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would raise the total of U.S. personnel now in Africa dealing with Ebola to 3,000; the U.S. has committed more than $175 million in aid. With much fanfare, China has said it will increase the number of its medical personnel in Sierra Leone to 174 and raise its total amount of assistance to roughly $37 million.

I know, I know: Relative to the U.S., China remains a poor country, and its growing willingness to extend humanitarian assistance outside its borders is a good thing. But consider this: China has close to 20,000 citizens working and living in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Setting aside U.S. money flowing into Liberia’s lucrative shipping registry, China’s investment in those three countries dwarfs that of the U.S. (In fact, China’s trading relationship with Africa overall is twice that of the U.S.) It recently signed deals for iron ore mining in the region that collectively run into the billions of dollars.

via Africa’s Ebola Should Be China’s Problem – Bloomberg View.

13/08/2014

Chinese medical workers arrive in Sierra Leone’s Freetown to battle Ebola – Xinhua | English.news.cn

A team of three Chinese medical workers arrived in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown on late Tuesday to help the country fight against the deadliest-ever Ebola virus which has claimed over 1,000 lives in west African countries.

Chinese disease control experts arrive in Sierra Leone

The first batch of three medical workers arrived in Guinea on Monday and another three medical staff are expected to carry out anti-Ebola work in Liberia soon, medical sources told Xinhua.

China announced on Sunday it would send three expert teams and medical supplies to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to assist in the prevention and control of the Ebola virus, with each medical team composed of one epidemiologist and two specialists in disinfection and protection.

China announced on Sunday that it would provide relief worth 30 million yuan (4.9 million U.S. dollars) to the three countries. It was the second round of Ebola relief from China so far.

via Chinese medical workers arrive in Sierra Leone’s Freetown to battle Ebola – Xinhua | English.news.cn.

08/08/2014

Nation to donate $4.9 million for Ebola assistance – China – Chinadaily.com.cn

The Chinese government announced on Thursday it will provide 30 million yuan ($4.86 million) in humanitarian aid to four Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa to help contain the outbreak.

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: resear...

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: researcher is working with the Ebola virus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ebola virus has been blamed for at least 932 deaths in four western African countries-Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone-with 1,711 reported cases, according to The Associated Press.

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Thursday that no Ebola cases have been reported in China. Song Shuli, the commission’s spokeswoman, said a series of preventive measures have been taken to stop the virus from entering the country.

The commission said it is communicating with the World Health Organization to better monitor and anticipate the spread of the virus.

It has also ordered border control authorities to intensify their checks of inbound travelers, Song said at a news conference on Thursday.

She dismissed an online rumor that a person in Shanghai died of Ebola virus. She also said “the possibility of the virus coming to China remains slim right now” in response to news reports in late July of a Hong Kong woman who showed symptoms suggestive of the Ebola virus after a visit to Kenya. She later tested negative for the disease.

Local medical institutions must report any confirmed or suspected Ebola cases directly to the commission within two hours, said Song, who added that the public should learn more about the disease to protect themselves.

via Nation to donate $4.9 million for Ebola assistance – China – Chinadaily.com.cn.

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