New Delhi: India’s Honorary consul general to Liberia, west Africa Sardar Upjit Singh Sachdeva has been conferred with, the” Knight Grand Commander”, Liberia’s highest award during 164 th indepence day celebration in northern city of Voinjama , Lofa County, 400 kilometers from, Liberia’s national capital Monrovia.
Mr upjit singh Sachdeva belongs to jallandhar town of the Punjab. Mr upjit singh Sachdeva became the first Indian in African history to have been awarded the highest award by a sitting Liberian president since Liberia declared her independence 164 years ago on July 26, 1847 .
The award was presented to him by Ms Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, for his outstanding contribution to the cause of the socio-economic development , recovery and reconstruction of Liberia after civil war which ravaged the entire nation. His efforts in forging friendship, cordiality, peace and love between Liberia and India and enormous contributions to the growth of Liberia’s commercial sector was specially mentioned by Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during this occasion .
He was honoured with Parvasi Bhartiya Award by President Mrs Pratibha Patil for enhancing India’s image globally during three-day-long Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held in vigyan bhawan new delhi during January 2011.
The Knight Grand Commander of the Liberian Humane Order of African Redemption, which Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva received on country independence day , was established on January 13, 1879, during the Presidency of Anthony W. Gardiner. It is awarded for humanitarian work in Liberia for acts supporting and assisting the Liberian nation and to individuals who played a prominent role in the emancipation of African Americans and the pursuit of equal rights.
The Indian Diplomat Sardar Upjit Singh Sachdeva stated that he was grateful to President Johnson-Sirleaf for the ‘singular honor’ bestowed on him by the awarding of the Knight Grand Commander, which is one of Liberia’s prestigious Awards.
He said as Honorary Indian Consul General, the Award has motivated him to further strengthen the cordial bilateral relations between the two nations and he shall forever cherish the Award and wear its insignia with great pride and dignity”
He further stated that since his migration to ‘this Land of Liberty’ and the starting of working career in 1987, Liberia has become his second home and means so much to him that “when I leave this sojourn outside of Liberia, it is my wish that my mortal remains be cremated here as a sign of our strong attachment to this land.
Mr Upjit Singh Sachdeva was born in Jalandhar City on April 24, 1966 and graduated from Guru Nanak Dev University in 1982. He migrated to Liberia and started his working career in 1987, He was appointed as honorary counsel general of india in 1998.He formed his own company, Jeety Trading Corporation, which rapidly transformed into a mega building material outlet in a relatively short period of time, and which has been catering to the construction and household needs of the entire Liberia neighboring Sierra Leone.