President Sirleaf Bestows Liberia's Highest Civilian Honor on American Billionaire, Robert L. Johnson

Monday, 23rd April 2007
President Sirleaf honors Robert Johnson.
President Sirleaf honors Robert Johnson.
Photo Credit: James Garessen, II/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - American billionaire, Robert Johnson has been admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the grade of Knight Great Band. In a citation, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said she was bestowing the honor on Mr. Johnson in recognition of his outstanding contributions in his entrepreneurial abilities for the improvement of the Black race and mankind in general and Liberia in particular.

At an official ceremony Monday in honor of a visiting American Trade and Investment Mission, led by Mr. Johnson, the President recalled the commitment made by the American billionaire at the Clinton Global Initiative Forum in New York, to raise US $30-million dollars for investment in Liberia. Mr. Johnson announced a fulfillment of the commitment at the Liberia Partnership Forum this year when he announced that US$30-million dollar had been raised in conjunction with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the African Development Fund.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader praised the American Investor for fulfilling his promise to Liberia, in a timely manner. President Johnson Sirleaf emphasized that the African-American partnership represents a very special group for Liberia. The President highlighted the plight of Liberian market women and called for enhancement of their development under the Robert Johnson initiative for Liberian entrepreneurs.

For his part, Mr. Johnson expressed delight for the national honor bestowed on him. The American business tycoon said he was encouraged by what he has seen in Liberia. The Founder and Chairman of the RLJ Companies said he remains committed to an advocacy initiative for Liberia and will continue to to mobilize capital and other resources in support of President Johnson Sirleaf’s efforts to create jobs and rebuild the country.

The Occasion was attended by Cabinet ministers including senior government officials as well as United States Ambassador to Liberian, Donald Booth, other members of American trade and investment delegation and members of the local business community.

The Billionaire who is heading a delegation of more than 25-American businessmen arrived in the country on Sunday. The businessmen will visit several areas in Monrovia and other surrounding vicinities including Firestone, Bong Mines, Cape Mount, among others.

A mini-symposium hosted by the Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Richard Tolbert was held earlier at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. The visitors were introduced to the investment environment in Liberia, followed by sector presentations on agriculture, energy, forestry, housing, mining and transportation.