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Gesture of international cooperation: Japan donates rice to Government of Liberia

Gabriel H. Salee receives the Donated KR Food Aid Rice from Mochizuki Hisanobu. (Image source: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liberia)

The formal handover ceremony of rice to the Government of Liberia (GOL) took place on 18 June at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, and stands as a significant gesture of international cooperation and goodwill

The donated KR Food Aid rice is a vital food staple for many Liberians. It is expected to bolster food security and provide relief to vulnerable populations across the country. 

Noting that the donation aligns with the ARREST Agenda of the government, the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel H Salee, expressed deep gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for their unwavering support and solidarity. She further emphasised that Japan’s assistance reflected their commitment to international cooperation and humanitarian aid. 

"Today's donation is a testament to the strong and enduring friendship between Liberia and Japan,” stated Minister Salee. This generous contribution will go a long way in addressing the food needs of our people, particularly those who are most vulnerable.“

Mochizuki Hisanobu, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Liberia, presented the rice carrying a value of US$1.5mn, on behalf of the Japanese Government. According to him, the Food Assistance programme has been one of the sustainable means of raising revenue through the Counterpart Value Fund to tackle the Government of Liberia’s ARREST developmental initiatives and also address cross-cutting challenges to the survival, livelihood and the dignity of people.