The Chairman of the Local organizing committee of the 2019 African Bar Association (AfBA), Cllr Bima Lansanah, Thursday disclosed that the Annual Conference of African lawyers will be held in Liberia for the first time since the formation of the Bar in 1906.
He said the AfBA is the umbrella organization of legal practitioners on the continent.
Cllr. Lansanah further stated that Liberia had been chosen from among members States across the continent to host the 2019 conference.
The conference is expected to take place from October 21-24 at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, outside the Liberian capital Monrovia.
Cllr. Lansanah indicated that the conference came to Liberia as the result of the failure to have taken place in Cairo, Egypt because of security concerns, adding that the African Bar requested the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) to host the event which they whole heartedly accepted despite the challenges.
He asserted that the organizers incorporated regional security into the annual conference which will be two activities into one.
Cllr. Lansanah said the theme for this conference is “Tackling Contemporary Issues Facing the African Continent: How Can Lawyers Drive A Renaissance” which is very important because lawyers have impact on legal and political systems as well as socio-economic system of any country,
The organizer revealed that after the conference there will be a debate on all the issues discussed.
The annual conference brings together lawyers, political leaders, business executives and other professionals in diverse fields from across the continent and the world to deliberate on issues of critical importance such as promotion and adherence to the rule of law and the role of lawyers in enhancing the socio-economic and political development of the peoples of Africa.
Cllr. Lansanah pointed out that on Monday, October 21, President George Manneh Weah is expected to open the conference and on the same day there will be a workshop for security personnel of the AFL, LNP, Immigration, Fire service, and others.
He stressed that the annual conference will also gather military personnel from the United of States of America, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, and other countries.
He stated that they are expecting over 300 lawyers from different part of the continent, as well as representatives from Canada, Germany, and America, amongst others.
Meanwhile, the organizers are calling on all lawyers in Liberia to make their presence felt, because when a country is hosting the event, the face of the conference is the host, and therefore all lawyers are encouraged to attend this historic occasion.