suburb of Paynesville, an immediate kickoff of Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery plan.
The stadium had been dormant since the outbreak of the disease in March 2014 and had since November 2015 hosted a Chinese-run Ebola treatment unit, which was decommissioned just before the groundbreaking was performed.
Ambassador Zhang elicited the historical relevance in Sino-Liberian relationship, dating back more than three decades and said the renovation of the stadium brought the friendship between the two countries to another level.
“Today, it (Sino-Liberian relation) witnesses the enhanced China partnership in the fight against Ebola and post-Ebola economic and social recovery,” Ambassador Zhang said.
“Ebola has gone and football must come back to life. That is the soul and spirit of the nation. We will work hard side by side with the Liberian people for the day of the new kickoff,” he said.
However, Ambassador Zhang disclosed that there was more to his country’s assistance to Liberia post-Ebola recovery, which he said would build upon existing programs and initiatives undertaken by China.
“With the launch of the renovation of the SKD stadium, other China-aid projects such as the ministerial complex, annexes to the Capitol Building and the Monrovia Vocational Training Institute will get boost.
“In the field of health, China will assign more medical experts to the Tappita Hospital, provide more technical training, experience exchange and collaborative research so as to help Liberia restore and improve its public health and disease prevention system and prevent similar massive epidemic outbreaks in the future,” he added.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that Liberia has been declared Ebola-free, the country could now focus on its developmental agenda aimed at improving the lives of Liberians