Outgoing Honorary Consul of India to Liberia Honored

Outgoing Honorary Consul of India to Liberia Honored

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -The Indian Community in Liberia (ICL) on Sunday, February21, 2021 honored its longest serving Honorary Consul of India Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva popularly also known as Jeety at a colorful ceremony held in the ball room of Farmington Hotel in Margibi County.

Jeety, the outgoing Honorary Consul of India, to Liberia, was honored for his unrivalled services to the Indian Community in Liberia, the Liberian Society and humanity. “We stand unite here in this forum to facilitate and applaud the fabulous contributions and achievements of the Honorary Consul of India to Liberia Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva popularly also known as Mr. Jeety. A man of many facets, well renowned for his business acumen and management skills that are worthy of taking a lesson from, but most importantly a humble human side of his persona that is worthy of a celebration in this lovely gathering today.

It would be appropriate to say that Mr. Jeety testifies to every ounce of the saying When the going gets tough; the tough gets going he has always stood up for the one and for all who have ever sought,,” the Indian Community in Liberia asserted. “As Mr. Jeety departs from diplomatic service, we will miss a diplomat turned a traditional friend and a true humanitarian that has been combating against hunger and poverty in the nation, in the commemoration of his valuable contribution we present you a compilation of his journey so far,” the Indian Community in Liberia, among other things, added.

It can be recalled that recently, the Government of India, through its Embassy in La Cote D’Ivoire, withdrew Mr. Sachdeva as its Honorary Consul General to Liberia, following more than two decades of diplomatic services and humanitarian works in the country. He was appointed Honorary Consul General of India to Liberia in 1998. He is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jeety Trading Corporation-a premier dealer of building and household materials in the country.
Though the Indian Government did not state reason (s) for recalling Mr. Sachdeva as its Honorary Consul General to Liberia, the action has been taken at a time Jeety is making many impactful contributions in the lives of thousands of Liberians, especially the less fortunate and vulnerable citizens and residents.

Through the launch of his hot cooked meal program several years ago, Mr. Sachdeva has been providing feeding and drinks to citizens and residents including mentally derailed, old folks, vulnerable youths commonly known as “zogos” in Liberia, convicts and prisoners at the Monrovia Central Prison, among others. The program came to the lampstand during the heat of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. Hundreds of less fortunate citizens normally trooped his Vai Town offices on the Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia to receive their share of the hot cooked meal on a daily basis.

Mr. Sachdeva played a pivotal role in rallying the Indian community in Liberia to donate over US$40,000 worth of items, including 200 Bags of Rice to Nurses, Doctors and Soldiers at the 14 Military Hospital, and also made a cash donation of US$6000 in April 2020 to the frontliners. At the celebration of the 71st Republic Day, the outgoing Honorary Indian Consul General promised to ensure the establishment of a charity hospital, full and equip with some of the latest, and modern medical technology in Liberia.

Republic Day is a national holiday in India which commemorates and honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act of 1935 as the governing document of India and thus, turning the nation into a newly formed republic. On July 26, 2011, Mr. Sachdeva was conferred with Liberia’s Highest Award “Knight Grand Commander” during the country’s 164th Independence Day celebrations, by former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf. He was bestowed the country’s highest honor for his outstanding contribution to the socio-economic development, recovery and reconstruction of Liberia after the civil war.

“Jeety” earned the distinction of being the FIRST INDIAN in the history of African Countries to have gotten the highest award. At the time, Madam Sirleaf made special reference to Mr. Sachdeva’s efforts in forging friendship between Liberia and India and his enormous contribution to the growth of Liberia’s commercial sector. Earlier in January 2011 President Pratibha Patil also honoured Mr. Sachdeva with the PRAVASI BHARTIYA AWARD for enhancing India’s global image. He made India proud when on Jan 10, 2016 he was appointed as Head/Dean of the Consular Corps (Group of Ambassadors) in Liberia, by the Government of the Republic of Liberia, through its ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The appointment was based upon precedence of appointment as between Head of Consular Post, in accordance with article 16 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of April 24, 1963 and Mr. Sachdeva was informed about this appointment through a letter signed by the Acting Chief of Protocol of the Republic of Liberia As Mr. Sachdeva departs from diplomatic service, Liberians and others will miss a diplomat turned a traditional friend and a true humanitarian that has been combating against hunger and poverty in the nation.

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