Liberia, Ivory Coast Sign MoU For Power Supply
The Liberian and Ivorian Governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the supply of energy to Liberia through the West Africa Power Pool Project. Making the disclosure through mobile phone from Ivory Coast on a local radio talkshow on Thursday, Presidential Press Secretary Sam Mannah said the MoU signed on Wednesday would witness the running of over 1,000km of power lines from Ivory Coast to Liberia through the Firestone corridor and subsequently to Sierra Leone.
Finance Minister, Samuel D. Tweah signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia. Tweah is part of President George Manneh Weah’s delegation, which is on a two-day official visit to Ivory Coast to hold discussions with President Alassane Ouattara aimed at further strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries.
According to Mannah, the MoU seeks to hasten and complete the supply of energy to the West African countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone through the West Africa Power Pool Project by 2020, which has been delayed by six months.
He said during the signing ceremony, the Ivorian Government assured the Liberian Government that several commissioning exercises of the project would be done in 2019, which will see the rapid supply of electricity in the rural parts in Liberia.
President Weah, who is currently in Cote d’Ivoire as part of a four-day visit to that country and Ghana, is also expected to discuss with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara issues of border security and investment opportunities aimed at improving the economy of Liberia.