“[Considering] Sierra Leone’s urgent need for energy the Chinese government has decided to build two more hydro power stations in Sierra Leone,” disclosed the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Qiu Shaofang.
Addressing media practitioners at a Press Conference yesterday at the Chinese Embassy at Spur Loop, Ambassador Qiu Shaofang explained that these two hydro stations will be completed in the next two years, adding that one will be constructed in Port Loko and the other in Makeni.
He said that in the east the Chinese government had built the ‘Dodo’ hydro power station which is supplying electricity to people in the East.
The Ambassador said the Chinese government will continue its support to Sierra Leone “even though we are affected by the international crisis” adding that “since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sierra Leone 38 years ago, our cordial bilateral relations have grown from strength to strength.”
In furtherance of these ties, the Ambassador disclosed that the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao has invited President Ernest Bai Koroma to pay a visit to China from 24th to 30th May this year.
The Chinese Ambassador explained that “during the visit, President Koroma and President Hu will hold official talks exchanging views on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest.
The Ambassador said China and Sierra Leone are both developing countries. “We have much to learn from each other, and we have great potentials in further co-operation in many fields,” he said.
He explained that President Koroma’s visit to China will not only strengthen the personal relationship between the two leaders, but also cement the friendship of the two peoples.
Ambassador Qui Shaofang said, “this visit will start a new stage of Sino-Sierra Leonean bilateral relations.”
He also pledged China’s continued support to the government and the people of Sierra Leone By Ophaniel Gooding