Outgoing German Ambassador in Liberia
German Ambassador honored by Liberian's President
Ambassador Dr. Bodo Erich Werner Schaff
A few personal words from Steffen Bastian, CEO and Chairman of JUWELIS Group:
We would like to thank Ambassador Dr. Bodo Schaff for his kind, diligent and competent support during our stay in Liberia. Simultaneously, we also would like to express our gratitude to Mrs. Schaff for her generous hospitality. We wish both the very best for the future and look forward working with Ambassador Bodo Schaff on our upcoming mutual endeavors in Liberia. -- Steffen Bastian, CEO and Chairman of the Board
The entire JUWELIS team wishes Dr. Bodo Schaff and his wife well for the future.
We look forward working with Dr. Bodo Schaff and Mr. Bernd Schwenk, Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid), on future humanitarian projects.
Outgoing German Ambassador to Liberia Admitted into Humane Order of African Redemption; Bids Farewell to Liberia, His Final Post, after Three-Year Posting
Executive Mansion, Monrovia, Liberia, 21st June 2013
The outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Liberia, H.E. Dr. Bodo Erich Werner Schaff, has been admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the grade of Knight Great Band by the Grand Master of the Order of Distinction, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. According to an Executive Mansion release, the investiture ceremony took place at the Foreign Ministry’s C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium on Thursday, June 20. Ahead of the ceremony, Ambassador Schaff and President Sirleaf held talks centered on Liberia - German relations. At the program, President Sirleaf expressed the gratitude of the Liberian people to Ambassador Schaff for being a good friend of Liberia. She pointed out that during his three-year stint here as German Ambassador, bilateral relations between Liberia and Germany intensified, with particular emphasis on the economy. “I wish Ambassador Schaff could stay longer than the period he has served,” the President said, “but I understand that diplomatic rules which make one a citizen of the world would not permit that.” She recounted the many programs and interventions made by the German Government through groups such as German Agro Action, GIZ and others, as well as Germany’s role in the waiver of Liberia’s external debt several years back. “The Germans supported our Vision 2030 program through Ambassador Schaff’s effort, and it saddens me to note that his end of service here coincides with his retirement from diplomatic service,” the Liberian leader said. President Sirleaf bade him farewell, on behalf of the Liberian people and wished him well in his future endeavors. She also extended her personal gratitude to the German leader, through Ambassador Schaff, for his many contributions to Liberia’s recovery and rebuilding process. The Ambassador and his wife were honored and gowned by the traditional leaders of Liberia. Dr. Schaff was named Paramount Chief Masa Dudu and admitted as an honorary member of the traditional society. He received gifts from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Transport, and Lands, Mines & Energy. Responding, Ambassador Schaff said his departure from Liberia both joyful and sad. He was glad to receive one of Liberia’s distinct honors from the hands of President Sirleaf, he said, adding, “This is a rewarding experience I can never forget, and I thank the President for recognizing my three years of diplomatic service to Liberia and its people.” Dr. Schaff said he was glad to have worked for Liberia and its people. He also used the occasion to recognize the contribution of his Deputy and other personnel of the German Embassy near Monrovia for their contribution to Liberia’s recovery and rebuilding process. He reminded the audience that Germany was the second country, after the United States of America, to recognize Liberia as an independent nation, and admitted that his experience in Liberia had been remarkable in his entire diplomatic career.
Published on Friday, 21. June 2013 at 08:25 pm