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China ‘fully supports President Bio’s New Direction’

August 27, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Chinese Ambassador Wu Peng has pledged China’s support to the New Direction

Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Friday, August 24, stated that his country fully supports the New Direction of President Julius Maada Bio and will continue to contribute to its success, especially the flagship free quality education programme.

According to Ambassador Wu Peng, under the New Direction agenda, the president has prioritised education as a strong pillar for the nation’s development, moral regeneration and revival of its people.

He was speaking at Bintumani Hotel in Freetown during a farewell dinner hosted in honour of 45 Sierra Leonean students who will soon depart for China to pursue masters and doctorate degrees in various disciplines.

Ambassador Wu said China would help the country build schools and also consider donating portable classrooms so as to help students and teachers in remote areas

“Let me offer my warmest congratulations to all the beneficiaries. So from this, you can see our perseverance in supporting the education and capacity building for Sierra Leone,” he said.

He disclosed that the People’s Republic of China provides scholarships, various short term training programmes and other courses for hundreds of Sierra Leoneans every year.

He reminded the beneficiaries that their trip to China represents hope in the future and a turning point in their personal lives.

The Chinese ambassador noted that the key to sound relations between states lies in the affinity between their people, thus expressed hope that the beneficiaries would contribute to China-Sierra Leone relations by promoting people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

On his part, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, Dr. Alie Kabba, expressed the government’s gratitude and appreciation to the Chinese government for their continued support, in diverse ways, to the development of Sierra Leone.

“Since the establishment of our development cooperation with China, the allocation of scholarships to Sierra Leone has increased over the years. Today, we are bidding farewell to 45 Sierra Leoneans who have benefited from this year’s scholarship programme ranging from undergraduate, postgraduate and PHD programmes from the government of China,” he said.

Dr. Kabba admonished the beneficiaries that they were going to China as ambassadors to acquire knowledge for the benefit of the people of Sierra Leone and not for cocktail, thus urging them to put on their best performances during their academic pursuit.

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