The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) Management Board has announced that Liberia’s Cllr. Seward M. Cooper will become the Chairman of the Board effective June 30, 2016.
According to a dispatch from Lusaka, Zambia, at the ALSF meeting of May 22, 2015, the Board also paid tribute to its outgoing Chairman, Sixtus Vusi, and Board Member Eve Sinare, whose tenure will end on June 29, 2016.
The ALSF Director, Stephen Karangizi, congratulated the new Chairman on his appointment and thanked the outgoing members for their valuable service and commitment to the ALSF.
For his part, Cllr. Seward Cooper said he looks forward to his new role in providing the necessary leadership to the ALSF as it undergoes a Medium-Term Review of its current 2013–2017 Medium Term Strategy.
Cllr. Cooper is an international and corporate lawyer and serves as Legal Advisor to the President of Liberia. He also served as first Counsel and Head of Unit for Good Governance at the AfDB and co-led the conception and drafting of the Agreement for the Establishment of the ALSF.
The ALSF is a public international institution hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Facility is dedicated to providing legal advice and capacity building to African countries on complex commercial contract negotiations, creditor litigation and other related sovereign transactions.
Since 2010, the Facility has provided advice to governments on transactions valued at US $30 billion in over 36 African countries. The ALSF is currently advising governments on over 1,500 MW of generation capacity and offers legal training, knowledge sharing and other capacity building assistance on topics such as complex contract negotiation, management and restructuring of sovereign debt, and public private partnerships.