Two decades of remarkable contribution to the people of Japan by consul-general Dr Kishore Shankerdas has brought laurels to him from the emperor of Japan, His Majesty Akinito.
The emperor has accorded Dr Shankerdas the highest award of “the Order of the Rising Sun” which was presented to him at a colourful reception at the Country Lodge in Freetown by the Japanese ambassador to Sierra Leone, Masamichi Ishikawa, who was based in Ghana.
Presenting the award the ambassador noted that, “the Order of the Rising Sun is in recognition of Dr Shankerdas’ dazzling contribution to the people of Japan over the past two decades”.
He said the relationship between Dr Shankerdas and Japan was exemplary especially now when he had assumed the role of honorary consul-general of Japan in Sierra Leone.
Masamichi Ishikawa said that in 2005 Japan resumed bi-lateral economic cooperation with Sierra Leone as well as the establishment of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which operated in Kambia district.
The director general of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Umaru Wurie, expressed gratitude to the Japanese government in honouring a Sierra Leonean with the highest award which signified a work well done for the people of Sierra Leone.
“Government appreciates Dr Shankerdas’s achievements and hopes that other Sierra Leoneans will emulate the good example,” he said.
He called on Dr Shankerdas to continue to strengthen the bi-lateral and multi-lateral cooperation between both countries.
The director general commended the work of JICA in Sierra Leone, hoping that they would continue to complement the country’s development strides.
Responding, Dr Shankerdas said he was delighted to receive such an award and that he was grateful to the emperor of Japan for ensuring that he has been accorded the highest award.
He promised to continue to promote Sierra Leone and Japanese relationship in the area of economic and technical co-operation.
Dr Shankerdas attained his primary and secondary education at the St Anthony Primary School and St Edwards’s Secondary School respectively, before studying at Fourah Bay College.