President Ernest Koroma congratulates Tony Blair on Liberty Medal


Tony Blair - Recipient of the Liberty Medal

The President of Sierra Leone, H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma, sent congratulations to AGI Patron Tony Blair yesterday on receiving the 2010 Liberty Medal, thanking him for ‘all of [his] efforts in peace promotion and development’. Former US president Bill Clinton gave Tony Blair the medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which presents the annual award to those striving to bring liberty to people around the world. Tony Blair was chosen as this year’s recipient for his central role in conflict resolution as Prime Minister, included the Northern Ireland peace process and the intervention in Sierra Leone, as well as for his continued work as Quartet Representative to the Middle East.

The work of Tony Blair’s two main charities, the Africa Governance Initiative and the Faith Foundation will share the $100,000 prize money that comes with the Award.

Tony Blair is the Patron of the Africa Governance Initiative, which works in partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone to develop the capacity of government to set and deliver its priorities, with the ultimate goal of lifting its people out of poverty.

In his tribute, President Koroma added, ‘The initiative has helped us substantially […] to lay the basis for sustainable development and good governance in the country.’

To find out more about the AGI Sierra Leone Project see here.

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