Former national security coordinator gets African Union job

Former national security coordinator gets African Union job

- Former national security coordinator, has receive an African Union job as special  AU representative chairperson for the commission.

- Mr. gbevlo-Lartey's new role would see him coordinate continental efforts aimed at ensuring the effective implementation of the relevant AU instruments in the prevention and combating of terrorism.

Former national security coordinator gets African Union job

Gbevlo- lartey gets AU job

The former National security  coordinator, Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Larry Gbevlo-Lartey has been appointment as a special AU representative Chairperson of the Commission.

He will be the Special Representative in charge of Counter Terrorism Cooperation. This role will concurrently make him act as the Director of the Algiers based African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).

Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Friday.

In statement issued by the African Union said  Mr. Gbevlo- Lartey’s role as Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission will see him  coordinate continental efforts aimed at ensuring the effective implementation of the relevant AU instruments in the prevention and combating of terrorism, including mobilization of the international community in support of Africa’s efforts in this regard.”

The statement further added that Colonel Gbevlo-Lartey’s extensive professional experience in the military and intelligence field would be needed in his new field of work.

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This appointment comes at a time when the African Union is strengthening its efforts in the prevention and combating of terrorism, in line with the Communiqué of the 455th meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) that was held on 2nd September 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Level of Heads of State and Government.

In his capacity as Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission, Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey will coordinate continental efforts aimed at ensuring the effective implementation of the relevant AU instruments in the prevention and combating of terrorism, including mobilization of the international community in support of Africa’s efforts in this regard.

As Director of the ACRST, Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey will work towards the enhancement of the capacity of the Centre, including its human resources, as well as of its coordinating role and overall contribution to the efforts of Member States to prevent and combat terrorism. In so doing, he will build on the results achieved thus far.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey was the  National Security Coordinator for the Republic of Ghana. He also served as Director of Programs at the Centre for Conflict resolution in Ghana. He also served as UN Consultant-Coordinator with the UN Mission to the Cameroon-Nigeria joint Commission, the UN Military Observer in the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), Senior Military Observer with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) and Company Commander with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Profile of Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Larry Gbevlo-Lartey

Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Larry Gbevlo-Lartey was born in Ghana on 3rd June 1953. He is a holder of a Master of International Relations Degree from the University of Legon, Ghana from 1999 to 2001, Solicitor and barrister-at-law, Ghana Law School from 1995 to 1999, and Bachelor of Science in Administration from 1984 to 1987.

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He has also attended military courses in Ghana, the UK and India. He did Infantry Officer Carrier Courses and rose in the ranks to serve as Commander of an infantry Regiment and Directing Staff at the Senior Command and Staff College.

Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey has participated in various peace missions, including with the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) from May 2002 to July 2003; the United Nations peacekeeping force in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNPROFOR) and with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

He has been the Chief Executive Officer for KASAPA Telecom Ltd from June 2014 to date. Before then, he was the National Security Coordinator for the Republic of Ghana from 16 January 2009 to May 2014. He was also Director of Programs at the Center for Conflict Resolutions in Accra from November 2007 to 16 January 2009 – where he was an instructor on mediation/alternate dispute resolution courses. Mr. Gbevlo-Lartey has also been a private legal practitioner.

 

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