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Amb. Hu Joined President Julius Maada Bio in Commissioning the Lumley Market Second Juba Bridge

On April 25, 2019, H.E. the Chinese Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Mr. Hu Zhangliang joined H.E. President Julius Maada Bio in officially commissioning the Lumley Second Juba Bridge together with H.E. the First Lady, Fatima Jabbie Bio, Hon. Vice President, Mr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, Ministers, Parliament Members, Representatives of diplomatic corps, staff of China Railway Seventh Group as well as residents from neighborhood communities.

Aiming at relieving traffic congestion around Lumley market area, the bridge was successfully built in five months with funding from the Governments of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Sierra Leone.

In his keynote speech, President Bio mentioned that the bridge and infrastructure would unlock the tremendous economic potentials in tourism, fisheries, and other sectors. He also commended the partnership and generosity of the People’s Republic of China, noting that the years of friendly relations between the two countries had seen China consistently providing technical assistance and capacity building for various sectors, improving public health and healthcare institutions, enhancing livelihood, helping modernize agriculture, and developing infrastructure in the county.

Ambassador Hu extended his congratulations to President Bio and the Government and people of Sierra Leone on the official commissioning of the bridge, saying it is a bridge of friendship, a bridge of happiness and a bridge of big hope which will bring positive changes on people's daily life. Ambassador Hu introduced the ongoing second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China, noting that there will be more fruitful results and good stories in China-Sierra Leone BRI cooperation with joint efforts of the two countries.

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