Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative, Souren Seraydarian, made his comments on Sunday in the remote town of Zwedru at a ceremony that also featured the participation of ministers from the National Transitional Government of Liberia. The area hosts two Chinese detachments: a hospital unit and an engineering company doing major road and infrastructure work. “You are assisting one of the poorest States in the world back onto its feet after years of war have left the country in an appalling state of disrepair,” said Mr. Seraydarian. He praised the units for contributing to the peace efforts in Liberia “in the most direct and effective way possible – on the ground, in the field.” The Chinese contingent in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) includes a 275- strong Engineering Company and a Transport Company with over 240 soldiers. The hospital in Zwedru is staffed by a 43-member team that provides medical care to both peacekeepers and the local population. China has also contributed military observers and civilian police personnel to UNMIL.
NEW FIGURES SHOW an increase in the number of construction and real estate start-ups setting up shop here .There’s been a 39 per cent increase in the number of construction companies being formed and a 32 per cent rise in the number of real estate start-ups.Overall, company start-ups are up 14 per cent on the same period last year, according to business and credit analysts Vision-net.ie.So far this year, 8,684 companies have been formed, compared to 7,642 in the first half of 2013.There was also a 10.5 per cent decline in the number of company insolvencies in the same period, according to Vision-net.Managing Director of Vision-net, Christine Cullen, said that the increase in company start-ups combined with the decrease in insolvencies indicated “the hallmarks of an economic recovery”.“While we no doubt have a long way yet to travel, the first half of 2014 is showing that we are making progress toward an overall economic recovery, particularly with start-ups on the rise and insolvencies in decline.”Read: Asking prices up nationally for first time since peak of property boom