NHA MD Visits China
In an effort to provide modern, affordable and durable housing for Liberians under the Pro-Poor government, the Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA), Hon. Duannah Siryon led a three-man delegation to Qingdao, China (PR) from May 11 thru May 19.
The delegation visited several housing manufacturing companies who are specialized in roofing, siding, foundations, zincing and furnishing. Many, if not all the materials used in these facilities are 90% locally made alternative building materials.The delegation also had fruitful discussions with several banks, including officials of China Minsheng Bank to negotiate funding opportunity for various slums upgrading projects across the country.
Hon. Siryon said Chinese banks promised to provide as much as USD300M to Liberia to construct affordable homes as well as upgrading slum communities in the country.
“Our visit to China was fruitful,” Hon. Siryon said, “we are interested in partnerships that will not impose huge loans on the Liberian people and with what China has offered and is prepared to offer, we think we are in business with them.”
Additionally, the delegation also visited few coastal defense sites intended to have a better understanding of what is best for the ocean defense system for the West Point upgrading project, which is part of President George Weah’s priority project to turn lives around for the better for the people.
Those listed on the delegation are:Hon. Zoe Emmanuel Pennue, House Committee Chair on State Owned Enterprise and Mr. John Natt, Jr., Coastal and Ocean Engineer from the (Liberia) Ministry of Mines and Energy.