A graduation program in Paynesville on Friday, 21 October of 69 young Liberians who have been trained by Chinese experts on how to make quality furniture works, using bamboo and rattan weaving technology, President Sirleaf said China has done quite a few things, “but this one is a real element of sustainability.”
High quality living room set made of bamboo and rattan, and other furniture designed for household use including chairs and tables were put on display during the program held near the S.K.D. Sports Complex outside Monrovia.
She said it would help government meet the needs of Liberians, on grounds that the products would save Liberia of importing foreign materials and the cost that comes along with it during foreign exchange.
President Sirleaf hoped that it becomes a real local quality that canbe relied upon for export in the region and beyond. She assured China that the partnership will be supported to utilize the skills acquired by the young people. She thanked China for the skills given the young people.
Chinese Amb. Mr. Zhang Yue said the China – Liberia Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Planting Technological Cooperation program has been on for almost 10 years here, saying Liberia is rich in bamboo, rattan, wood and other natural resources.
He said many trainees have opened their own business and workshops.Many of them are visible when we drive along the roads. “It is my hope that with the basic processing skills obtained from the training course, Liberian youth can be more creative in making their products, not only furniture, but also household daily- use wares, farms tools and even handcrafts and art crafts to boost tourism in Liberia,” Amb. Yue said.
He announced that China will continue to support the Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center here with US$3m to make it sustainable, having said agriculture is a very important area in
Liberia’s economic development. Mr. Yue said making use of these renewable natural resources was a big potential and opportunity for the economic growth of Liberia.
“This is a good way to boost employment and empowerment of women. With such purpose our technical team has been working in Liberia for one decade and trained local people for free,” Amb. Yue said.
He described the program as a model of capacity – building project because it helps Liberian people to use Liberian resources to make Liberian products. He said the project has trained hundreds of Liberians with practical skills in areas of bamboo and rattan weaving, vegetable planting and bio-gas system building.


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