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Belgium Reestablishes Ties with Liberia

first_imgThe Kingdom of Belgium has appointed and introduced its Honorary-Consul to Liberia after eight years of absence.The Honorary Consul now representing Belgian investors and citizens in Liberia is Frederic Vloeberghs, who serves as a country manager for Belgian Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.Making the introduction on January 22, 2014 during a reception at the Mamba Point Hotel, Belgian Ambassador accredited near La Côte d’Ivoire, Peter Huyghebaert, stressed that bilateral relations between Liberia and Belgium had been hampered since 2005 when his country could not host a consulate and an Honorary Consul here.He noted that that situation happened at the time when Liberia was entering the stage of peace and stability with a high need for socio-economic development and reconstruction.He, however, expressed joy that after being absent for such a long period, he and his compatriots were delighted to be establishing a consulate followed by the appointment of an honorary-consul.Unlike an ambassador who is sent by a President with Letters of Credence to represent his or her government in another country, the Honorary-Consul is appointed.  He can either be a native of the country sending him or her, or an individual of another nationality to represent the economic and business interests of citizens of the country he or she represents.Recounting activities of Belgium in Liberia Ambassador Huyghebaert noted that his country has many companies investing in the country, citing Jan De Nul (Dredging and marine construction company), Monrovia Oil, NHV (Operator of helicopter flights for the oil industry), as well as the agro-industrial company Socfinco.According to him, the presence of Socfinco has given employment opportunities to thousands of Liberians in the rubber plantation sector.Ambassador Huyghebaert further noted that there is a steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia which is the Brussels Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.“A steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia is of course our national carrier, Brussels Airlines that has firmly established itself in the country, operating four (4) flights a week between Monrovia and Brussels.  The Belgian carrier is a most reliable gateway to Europe,” Ambassador Huyghebaert stressed.He described the Honorary-Consul as “Polyglot” who he said has strength in the English Language with a little knowledge of Krio, a dialect in Sierra Leone.Ambassador Huyghebaert further indicated that Belgium’s interest in Liberia is not only in commercial interests; instead, it is an active partner in international development cooperation.“Although there is no direct bilateral co-operation between our two countries, we remain indirectly engaged through the European Union, multilateral organizations, as well as NGOs. Other available co-operation instruments deployed in Liberia include the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) as well as a budget line to promote peace building and conflict prevention,” he said.He commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her role played in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda which he said was dear to his country.Speaking briefly, the newly appointed Honorary Consul, Frederic Vloeberghs extended gratitude to his country for the appointment and pledged to work in harmony with Liberia in ensuring that the interest of his country is met and the relationship between Liberia and Belgium is sustained.Also making remarks, Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy recounted the role of Belgium in Liberia’s economic recovery and specifically emphasized the role of the Brussels Airlines as key to this process.Minister Addy stressed that SN Brussels is one airline that first began operations in Liberia after the war, and has served as transport channel for Liberians to other parts of the world, especially Europe and the United States.The occasion marking the opening of Belgium Consulate and appointment of its Consul was attended by scores of foreign diplomats including US Ambassador Deborah Malac and a host of government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny were always in control in this game.Letterkenny U18s continued their unbeaten start to the season in the Ulster Premier Division with their 3rd win in 3 games as they dismissed Ballynahinch by 76-0 without ever having to be at their best.In a game where David Ward and Joseph Dunleavy were responsible for setting the tempo for the pack early on it was Dunleavy who would score the first try of the day in the corner after 5mins.With hooker Stephen Holmes also to the fore in the first half the forwards were providing plenty of ball for the backs who would take full advantage and run in 5 more tries before half time with Adam Boal Quinn (2), Matthew Faulkner, Lewi Carson and Kevin Grant also getting their names on the score sheet. The second half began as the first ended with Grant touching down again and he wouldfinish the day with a total of 4 tries to his name with one particularly memorable mazy runthat left many of the spectators dizzy and with sympathy for the Ballinahinch defence.Despite the score the home side never let up and showed a great attitude and work ethic allthrough the game and this combined with the intelligent play and the control of Peter Scott at No.10 and Daniel Faulkner at No.12 it was inevitable more chances would come.Darragh Toal, Dunleavy again and Daniel Faulkner would complete the try scoring on the day with Daniel also responsible for adding 8 conversions to the scoreboard.Overall a good win with Martin Molloy and Chris Green also impressing on the day. Tougher tests lie ahead for this team but with a large squad available to the management, a good attitude and strong work ethic among the players this team is well placed to make a big impression among the big boys of Ulster rugby this season. Letterkenny U18 Team Chris Green, Stephen Holmes, David Ward, Martin Molloy, DiarmuidGallagher, Lewi Carson, Darragh Toal, Joseph Dunleavy, Ben Khavia, Peter Scott, OisinToal, Daniel Faulkner, Matthew Faulkner, Adam BoalQuinn,Kevin Grant Subs Conor Cannon, John Fogarty, Eunan Henry, James Roulston,Callum Reid, Bailey Laughlin, Jack McGarvey.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U18s CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE START was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Rugbylast_img read more