The Economic Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone Shen Xiaokai on Thursday, assured the people of Sierra Leone about China’s commitment in the Mamamah airport project.
He said in An interview at the Chinese Embassy in Freetown recently that the project was among several development projects in Ghana which would benefit from the 60 billion dollars funding support for Africa.
Chinese President Xi Jinping had announced during the last FOCAC summit 2015 held in South Africa.
He said with the 200 million dollars to implement the first phase of the project, the new airport, when completed, would be fully functional in line with international standards.
Following the first phase, it would be left with Sierra Leone to apply for further funding support from China for the second phase of the project so as to make the airport fully functional.
He advised the government of Sierra Leone to grasp the funding opportunity for the new airport to kick off as soon as possible.
The government of China would embark on the Rokel River water supply project, another flagship project of the Sierra Leonean government after the airport project.
Shen said the project would be embarked upon as soon as the Mamamah airport project is completed and hoped the project would significantly help to solve the water crisis in the capital city.
According to him, the Chinese government is also embarking on two other projects, the West African Tropical Disease Research and Prevention Centre which he described as the most significant project for the post-Ebola recovery plan.
Shen added that they would also embark on 3.2-km Freetown link from the Limkokwing University to Regent, which would facilitate easy movement of people between the capital and Regent village. (Xinhua/NAN)