Former U.S. Ambassador at Large Leads List of Speakers at Upcoming All Liberian Diaspora Conference

Former U.S. Ambassador at Large Stephen Rapp, who will serve as Conference keynote speaker

WASHINGTON – As diaspora Liberian from around the world prepare to head to Silver Spring USA for the upcoming “All Liberian Diaspora Conference” slated for December 6- 7, 2019, the Conference leadership has announced the list of major speakers who will address key issues ranging from economic development to Dual citizenship, immigration protection for Liberians abroad, war crimes, and Women Empowerment. 

Leading the list of speakers is former U.S. Ambassador at Large Stephen Rapp, who will serve as Conference keynote speaker. Guest speakers at the event include former USAID Mission Director to Liberia, Dr. Anthony Chan; Former Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Cllr. Jerome J. Verdier, and former Presidential Advisor, Cllr. Seward M. Cooper, Sr.   

Other speakers include former Swiss Banker and Liberian Diaspora leader, Michael G. Mueller; Brooklyn Park MN. Councilman Wynfred Russell; Liberian Educator, Dr. Emily Erskine; and former ULAA President Wilmot Kunney, along with the Washington DC-based Liberian Community President and Chair of the Liberian Women’s Initiative, Madam Lucy Wilson Kear, and the Rev. Canon John T.W. Harmon who will open the occasion.  

The Conference is expected to bring together dozens of Diaspora organizations, international organizations, Local, and state officials, recognized Liberian experts, and notable friends of Liberia. They will join officials of U.S. government, and international agencies in a bid to unite the Liberian Diaspora on major issues affecting Liberia.

The summit is a joint venture sponsored by the leading umbrella Liberian Diaspora organizations representing the various regions of the world including the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA),  The European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA),  The Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia (FOLICA),  Conference of Liberian Organizations in the South Western United States (COLOSUS), the United Liberian Association Ghana (ULAG), and the Coalition of Concerned Liberians (CCL). The major Liberian Diaspora organization are united under the aegis of the All-Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship (ALCOD), representing over 500,000 Liberians in the Diaspora.

Discussions will also be geared towards fostering collaboration amongst the various Liberian Diaspora organizations, relief groups, and related non-governmental organizations to forge a united approach in the effort to help rebuild Liberia.  

The two-day Conference which begins with an immigration conference at 5pm on Friday December 6th, will be held at the St. Andrews Ukrainian Orthodox Center located at 15100 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland.