Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh: Liberia’s Envoy Aggressively Promoting Country’s Image Abroad Positively

This week, GNN-Liberia has professionally resolved to highlight the activities of one of Liberia’s seasoned diplomats to Africa’s largest  nation, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, whose  professional services in promoting Liberia’s image abroad has been rated high  positively by Liberians, managers of ECOWAS peace architecture, and other leaders of higher education institutions abroad, including the United States. This acclamation, researched by the GNN, has resulted to this week’s diplomatic profile.

The man in question is Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of  to Nigeria, Benin and Equatorial Guinea, and the country’s Permanent Representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr. Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh. His diplomatic representation of  Liberia abroad seems acceptable to all Liberians, including the ruling establishment under the presidency of Dr. George Manneh Weah.

One of Liberia’s longest serving diplomats, Dr. Conteh has graciously, steadily, and professionally made an impact on the peaceful coexistence of Liberia and Nigeria.  His services since his appointment as Liberia’s Ambassador to that great nation, has indeed made several meaningful impacts in promoting the interest of Liberia and its people by establishing the warmest cordial relations between the two countries and peoples.

Since his appointment as Ambassador, by the former Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Dr. Conteh has justified the confidence reposed in him, and has now been appreciated by the current government of President George Manneh Weah.

The Liberian diplomat, who also has oversight responsibility for Benin and Equatorial Guinea, according to GNN source, has been working with the institutions  to sustain a lasting peace in Liberia and the region, a situation that has been overwhelmingly applauded by many Liberians and  ECOWAS citizens alike.

Ambassador Conteh, according to a GNN source, has upheld the guarding principles of Liberian foreign policy, including maintenance of national security, preservation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country, promotion of peace and harmony based on the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, and the virtue of liberal democracy.

Dr. Conteh, who until his preferment as Ambassador, served as the of the University of Liberia, has worked assiduously in boosting Liberia’s image in Nigeria by maintaining a well-organized Mission, promoting public diplomacy and expanding inter-governmental relations in delivering well-meaning social, educational, security, and development services to Liberians.

According to our source, he has been fully committed to working for regional peace and security by leveraging his expertise to the Mediation and Security Committee architecture of ECOWAS.

In a recent interview with the Leadership Newspaper of Nigeria, he announced Liberia’s support for the new administration Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose past inspiring leadership in Nigeria and the ECOWAS region when he served as Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, will be cultivated  in further sustaining peace and economic development, trade, business and cultural ties between Liberia and Nigeria.

Due to his professionalism in higher education administration, the University of California, Sacramento recently named Liberia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Professor Al-Hassan Conteh, as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Africa Peace Fellows (APF) of its Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR).

Dr. Fred Baldini, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, in a letter, stated that Professor Conteh’s appointment was based on the recommendation of CAPCR’s Director, Professor Ernest Uwazie, and took effect on January 2, 2019.

“Your role is critical to the success of the APF, and highly appreciated”, Dr. Baldini said of the Liberian diplomat’s responsibility in the American-based university’s international advisory board.

“Thank you for your pro bono service as a committed member of the APF board, with your contribution to achieve the goals of this new, bold endeavor and toward building the next generation of peace leaders in Africa.” the letter continued.

Professor Conteh, also a former president of the University of Liberia (UL), will help the Advisory Board to “provide leadership and assistance in raising the funds for the endowment, budget oversight, strategic advice on programming and African partnership development, participant-student priority setting, and overall policy direction”.

The long-term vision, according to the Dean’s letter to Ambassador Conteh, is to build a $25 million endowment for the APF, to ensure the development of consistent, sustainable training and continuing education of personnel from critical public, civil society and the business sectors in advanced and specialized conflict resolution skills, the release adds.

Ambassador Conteh, who served as the Project Director for the CAPCR’s US Institute for Peace grant on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) curriculum for Liberian institutions in the late 1990s, said his appointment to the international advisory board of the acclaimed American university was an honor for him and Liberia.

The CAPCR, which was founded in 1996, is housed in the College of Health and Human Services of California State University, Sacramento.  It has developed independently by working with partners worldwide on major training initiatives on conflict resolution for over 25,000 people.

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