American Philanthropist George Soros Honored

Friday, 2nd February 2007
Foreign Minister George Wallace decorates American Billionaire and Philanthropist, George Soros at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Foreign Minister George Wallace decorates American Billionaire and Philanthropist, George Soros at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has conferred upon American Billionaire and Philanthropist, George Soros, Liberia’s Highest National Honor, The Order of the Star of Africa. Performing the Investiture ceremony Friday night at the Foreign Ministry, the President recounted the numerous contributions Mr. Soros has made toward the development agenda of Liberia in a number of areas including education, Peace building, governance and the civil society. Mr. Soros has provided funding to support several initiatives in Liberia, among them, the Liberia Education Trust, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Elections Commission and the Governance Reform Commission, among others.

The American Billionaire is a key sponsor of the International Senior Lawyers Project, which provides support for Liberia as government reviews concession agreements, particularly the just concluded Mittal Steel Deal.

The President described Mr. Soros as a true philanthropist who has reached out to help others in need. “There are people who succeed and don’t look back, while there are others succeed and stop to share the fortunes with the people in need; you are one of them,” the President said of Mr. Soros. “Through you, so many others can reach their dreams, because someone like you could reach out to them in their time of need,” the Liberian Leader emphasized.

Mr. Soros thanked the President, the government and people of Liberia for the honor and promised to continue his support toward the development drive of Liberia. The American Billionaire spoke of the many challenges ahead, but said he was confident that with the commitment dedication and energy President Sirleaf brings to the Presidency, Liberia will succeed.  “You can count on my support,” Mr. Soros assured Liberians, and expressed the hope that the country can serve as an example of what can be accomplished with a determined and competent Team.

Jordan Queen Noor, who also graced the occasion, said she was excited to be a part of the Liberian renaissance. The queen acknowledged that there is a lot of international goodwill for Liberia and expressed the hope that the country would take advantage of the goodwill. “I am happy for feeling a part of the family of Liberia,” she emphasized.

The Program was witnessed by several government officials including Vice President Joseph Boakai, Foreign Minister Ambassador George Wallace; the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Isaac Nyenebo as well as members of the Diplomatic Corp;  the United Nations Family among others.