Chinese ambassador to Gabon Hu Changchun officially handed over the renovated parliament building to the Gabonese government on Monday.
The Gabonese Prime Minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda and ministers from the Gabonese government attended the ceremony.
The rehabilitation of Gabon’s National Assembly building and the reconstruction of its hemicycle, which kicked off in June 2019, was initially scheduled for 14 months. But the renovation work has slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had once led to a national lockdown.
The Palace of the National Assembly, also called the Leon Mba Palace (name of the first Gabonese president), was built by China in the 1990s and put into use in 2001.
The Leon Mba Palace is known as a “monument of the Sino-Gabonese friendship”, said Hu, stressing that the Chinese side attaches great importance to the renovation.
The renovation demonstrates the consensus between the two countries to strengthen bilateral cooperation, said Gabonese Foreign Minister Pacome Moubelet-Boubeya, expressing his gratitude for the help and support of the Chinese side, especially during the period of the pandemic that the world is going through. Enditem