On August 23, 2013 the Government of Liberia through the Office of the President conferred one of the Country’s highest honors of Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption on the Out-going Country Director of UNDP Liberia Dominic Sam.
At a reception and Investiture Ceremony, Government Institutions like the Judiciary, Ministries of Justice, Planning, Finance, Foreign Affairs, as well as the Governance Commission, the Angie Brooks Center and the UN System among others, outlined major contributions to Liberia’s post conflict and recovery programs implemented by UNDP, under the leadership of Mr. Sam.
Described as “a staunch supporter of public sector reforms and a true friend to Liberia and the UN system” messages of appreciation recounted the leadership role of Mr. Sam in mobilizing millions of dollars from bilateral and multilateral partners like the EU, Sweden, USAID, Spain, Germany, Japan, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and others, in the implementation of projects for example, on DDRR, Justice and Security, Elections, National Capacity Development, and Local Governance among many others.
The UN System under the Leadership of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Karen Landgren sees Mr. Sam as a “Fountain of Resource and Knowledge” on Liberia and the first one to be consulted or spoken to when a new UN face hits the ground.
“Dominic Sam is an International Public Servant who cares deeply about the human condition and has made numerous sacrifices to alleviate human suffering and who through his knowledge and influence has contributed to the reform initiatives of the Liberian Government,” Governance Commission Chairman Dr. Amos Sawyer mentioned.
The UN Diplomat was also honored as Paramount Chief by the Traditional Council of Elders and Zoes of Liberia, and given the name Flomo Aryesen, the name of a very powerful Chief from Lofa County who once served as Head of the Traditional Council during Liberia’s Civil war. The late Paramount Chief is remembered as one who engaged parties to the conflict to bring the war to an end.
Responding, the UNDP outgoing Country Director Dominic Sam called on Liberians to celebrate their country as promising and a success story.
“Liberians deserve nothing less than peace and development. The Government cannot do it alone, it requires the support of all sectors working together to lift Liberia,” Mr. Sam stressed.
Dominic Sam served seven years in Liberia beginning 2002 as Deputy Country Director and later in 2008 as Country Director. He took up a new assignment in Ghana as Country Director of UNDP while the outgoing Country Director in Ghana Kamil Kamaluddeen takes over from him here in Liberia.