According to an Executive Mansion release, the special ceremony took place in the Cabinet room on Monday, August 15, and presided over by the President as Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction. “Mr. Ambassador, we can’t let you leave without saying thank you; Your services to our country has been exceptional” President Sirleaf noted.
In brief remarks prior to the conferral of honor, President Sirleaf said during normal course of government’s activities, such programs are held in an elaborate manner to give special recognition to people who have made priceless contributions to the needs of Liberians. According to her, the mourning of the death of Dr. Edward B. McClain, former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, led to a small but befitting honoring program for Ambassador Timmerman who has done so well for Liberia during his three years of stay in the country.
Reflecting on the outgoing German Envoy’s contributions during tour of duty, she outlined the construction of farm-to-market roads, and other infrastructural development projects which brought great relief to many Liberians, especially for rural dwellers that needed help most. She recalled the role of the Germany government in the reconstruction process of the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant, which is expected to be turned on in December of 2016.
The Liberian leader said the contribution of the Germany government in the Mount Coffee hydro Power Plant rehabilitation has been beyond what was initially agreed upon in helping to acquire the turbines, extending to the fifth one, which has now given added value to completing rehabilitation of the plant.
President Sirleaf said she was proud that some of the bilateral meetings that she has held with the German Chancellor, Angela Mikel have be gone to bring fruitful results to Liberia through the instrumentality of the outgoing Ambassador Timmermann. She praised the German Envoy for his tremendous contributions in helping Liberia battle the deadly Ebola virus disease that killed over 4000 people adding, “thank you for serving Liberia and for being a partner to Liberia”.
In response, outgoing Ambassador Timmermann said he was very proud to be a recipient of the honor and praised the Liberian people and President Sirleaf, who he said he was proud of during his three years of tour of duty. He said during his three years of stay in Liberia, he came to the realization that Liberia has been a great country in the West African Sub-region.
He expressed gratitude over the quality of professional engagements he had with all officials of government and partners who helped to contribute meaningfully to Liberia’s development programme. He used the occasion to thank the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the collaboration.
He said even though the situation in Liberia is not perfect, but it cannot be compared to when President Sirleaf took over in 2006 stressing, “I regard the performance of the Liberian government as impressive. Roads have been constructed and rehabilitated, the living conditions of the citizens have improved” he added.
The ceremony was attended by several senior government officials, including Foreign Minister, Amb. Marjon V. Kamara, National Security Advisor, Dr. Henry Boima Fahnbulleh Assistance Foreign Minister for European Affairs, Israel Davies, while the outgoing German Envoy was accompanied by Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore, Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps and several others from the Germany Embassy near Monrovia.