SIANL Opens Office, Honors Dedicated Members

[Monrovia, Liberia – April 28, 2024] – The Swedish Institute Alumni Network of Liberia (SIANL) has celebrated the opening of its offices in the country, while bestowing honors upon several dedicated members during a ceremonious event in Paynesville.

Amidst a gathering of esteemed members and guests, the former president of SIANL, Sam Samie Sumo, officially opened the office and emphasized the importance of having a dedicated workspace for the network.

He hailed the opening of the office in the Swakamo Community in Paynesville,  as a pivotal moment, enabling members to convene, deliberate on pertinent issues, and devise strategies to better serve the community. Sumo extended heartfelt appreciation to former board members for their collaborative efforts in securing the office space, underscoring the collective commitment of all network members.

The event also witnessed the recognition of several members for their unwavering dedication and service over the years. Julateh Mulbah, the current president of SIANL, highlighted the significance of honoring these individuals as a means of fostering motivation and commitment within the network.

The event, she said, served as an “opportunity to recognize and pay tribute” to the honored members of the network whose “unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership have significantly contributed to the shared goals and successes” of the network.

Mulbah, the first female president of SIANL, urged all members to unite in advancing the organization’s mission of fostering collaboration and positively impacting Liberian society with the knowledge acquired from Sweden.

Those certificated include the network’s former SIANL President Sam Samie Sumo, former Financial Secretary Josephine Boakai Sumo, Communication Manager Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh as well as former leaders and scholars Abraham Monah, Alvin Yelloway, Calixe Hessou and Zubah Kollie Yenego, Jr.

In an inspiring keynote address, Flimore Wiagbe, President of the Association of Chinese Trained Scholars, underscored the fundamental principles of commitment, dedication, teamwork, and transparency as indispensable pillars for organizational success.

Wiagbe urged SIANL members to actively participate in network activities while emphasizing the importance of transparency and accountability in leadership. Drawing from his experience, Wiagbe encouraged SIANL to forge strong ties with the Swedish Embassy to garner support for initiatives that align with the ideals of Swedish-Liberian relations.

As SIANL charts its course forward, Wiagbe emphasized the invaluable contributions of individual talents and expertise in driving the organization’s endeavors, advocating for a collaborative approach to address challenges and seize opportunities. He underscored the potential for SIANL to leverage its partnership with Sweden to undertake impactful projects that reflect the shared values and goals of both nations.

The inauguration of the SIANL office marks a significant step forward in the organization’s journey, symbolizing its commitment to excellence, collaboration, and service to society. SIANL continues to evolve and remains steadfast in its mission to foster meaningful connections, drive positive change, and uphold the legacy of the Swedish Institute Network for Global Professionals.

About the Swedish Institute Alumni Network of Liberia (SIANL):

The Swedish Institute Alumni Network of Liberia (SIANL) is a vibrant community of professionals dedicated to fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange, and societal impact. Comprising alumni of the Swedish Institute programs, SIANL endeavors to leverage its collective expertise to address challenges and drive positive change in Liberian society.

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