Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue has challenged the Government and people of Liberia to take responsibility for the destiny of the country, adding, “The destiny of a nation should and can only dwell on the shoulder of the nation itself, big or small.”In his speech marking the handover of the newly constructed Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), Ambassador Zhang emphasized that hard work, perseverance, strong leadership; right policies and unity are some of the defining factors behind success.He said it is from such experience that China has become great as it is in the world. According to Ambassador Zhang, both China and Liberia are developing countries facing similar development challenges which he said compel them to consider development as a top priority for which they must engage in mutually beneficial cooperation.The construction of the MVTC is one of China’s promised development projects to Liberia.The Chinese Ambassador expressed the hope that young Liberians will shoulder the responsibility to make better use of the facility to acquire knowledge that will help build their country.“I wish you can take this precious opportunity of getting access to modern training facilities in the new MVTC and devote yourselves to the development of Liberia,” Ambassador Zhang urged the youth.He reiterated China’s commitment to reliable partnership with Liberia, noting that it is not only in training and education, but also in all fields that could benefit Liberians.“Each generation has its own mission and it is our generation’s responsibility to further promote China-Liberia cooperation and inject new vigor into the comprehensive cooperative relationship between our two countries,” he emphasized.He urged Liberians to engage in team work, expressing China’s readiness to dedicate itself to work with Liberia.The MVTC, Ambassador Zhang said, is equipped with sufficient modern facilities to meet the learning needs of young Liberians.With a budget of roughly US$9 million, MVTC’s entire campus is composed of a large teaching, laboratory, and administrative building, and two dormitory buildings for faculty and students respectively.It is also composed of a library that can accommodate 300 people with energy and water supply systems that can serve the entire facility.It also has special facilities that will cater to the needs of the disables people and a sewage disposal system for environmental protection. The new facilities were constructed by the Shanxi Construction Company.In her words of appreciation to the Chinese Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the project as a “long awaited” one to get young Liberians to take charge and contribute to the development of their country.The President told Liberians that “the facility is ours, and so its operation and maintenance rest upon us.”She said poor maintenance and destruction of facilities have made it difficult for the country’s infrastructure to be maintained, expressing the hope that other government functionaries including the Legislature will cooperate in making the facility useful.She then commended the Chinese Government for the project and reiterated her call for the completion of the rest that include the ministerial complex and the refurbishing of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, said the completion of the project brings to realization President Sirleaf’s mandate to officials that they should not only break ground for a project, but the project should be fully implemented.He said considering that a greater portion of Liberia’s population is youth, the vocational training center was important to the Training Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program in meeting the skills needs of many young Liberians.The center, Minister Nagbe said, will teach electricity, plumbing, welding, masonry, carpentry, and other skills to prepare Liberians yearning for skills to make them productive in society.Meanwhile, the MVTC is a part of many projects the Chinese Government has completed and dedicated to the Liberian Government in aid. Others are the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Nimba County and the Fendall campus of the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…youth business summit to assist young entrepreneursAs Guyana continues to celebrate Youth Week, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has called for youths who are associated with petty felonies to be reformed and not placed in the lockups.Prime Minister Moses NagamootooSpeaking at the inaugural Guyana Youth Business Summit on Wednesday, which was held under the theme “Empowering Guyana’s Youth Through Training, Mentorship and Leadership Development”, Nagamootoo stated that for Guyana to develop and improve the lives of its younger generations, mechanisms must be set aside for individuals to benefit from, after they would have committed “non-violent” offences.“We have to not condone the use of illicit drugs, but we have to make sure that we deal with it in a compassionate and a realistic way so that we do not send our young people to jail, but help to rehabilitate and reform them. Those that are before court for nonviolent offences should be allowed an opportunity to make life better rather than them to be spending the rest of their lives behind bars.”He also noted that several reports in the past have indicated that the rate of unemployed youths, youth crimes and drug use are on the increase. As such, he said, the Youth Policy has been introduced, but the final document has not been debated in the National Assembly.Recently, it was revealed by the Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael, that the policy, which is still in its gestational stage, caters for the development of a National Youth Empowerment Action Plan, which will include comprehensive and strategic programmes and projects being implemented.“The policy defines youth as persons between the ages of 14 and 35, who make up some 68 per cent of our population. When taken office, there were no statistics. Many of our young people had no jobs or couldn’t get support to start their own businesses,” she added.The first session of the two-day summit saw dozens of young entrepreneurs who were presented with hands-on knowledge from experienced individuals about the different aspects of venturing into a new business. Throughout that day’s proceedings, presentations were made by entities such as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA); Commercial Registry; Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS); National Insurance Scheme (NIS); Guyana Energy Agency (GEA); GO-Invest and Dr Rosh Khan.The participants were urged by the acting President to be among the policymakers and were briefed on the need for youths to be brought out into the political aspects of society.In many cases, young entrepreneurs are unaware of the procedures and support systems which can assist in the establishment of a business enterprise. According to the coordinators and members of the various ministries, these will help to assist them in critical areas which include the lack of capital and increased knowledge on the ways to access capital, which can be one of the key limiting factors. It was revealed that Guyana had begun to engage in discussions to promote more youth businesses and work of equal value among aspiring entrepreneurs.