The African Union (AU) has appointed retired Ghanaian military officer and intelligence operative, Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Larry Gbevlo-Lartey to head its counter-terrorism cooperation and to take charge of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).
In a press statement from the AU, the organization says its Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has appointed Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Gbevlo-Lartey, from Ghana, as her Special Representative in charge of Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and, concurrently, as the Director of the Algiers?based African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).
“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 September 2, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Level of Heads of State and Government,” it said.
Gbevlo-Lartey the statement added, brings extensive professional experience in the military and intelligence field, and has served as National Security Coordinator for the Republic of Ghana.
He has also been Director of Programmes 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), it noted.
The statement notes that in his capacity as Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission, 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, 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,” it said.
Born in Ghana on June 3, 1953, Gbevlo-Lartey holds a Master of International Relations Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon, from 1999 to 2001. He is a solicitor and barrister-at-law in Ghana.
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 January 16, 2009 to May 2014.
He was also Director of Programmes at the Center for Conflict Resolutions in Accra from November 2007 to January 16, 2009 – where he was an instructor on mediation/alternate dispute resolution courses, the statement indicated.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi