Brown said he believes that beyond the required academic qualification needed to serve as Permanent Representative at the UN, he also has a wealth of experience and knowledge of how Liberia has evolved over time.
He thinks that his preference by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to represent the nation is predicated upon the simple fact that the President in her wisdom thinks he performed his duties excellently during his four-year tenure as Minister of Information.
Brown made the statement Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for official confirmation after his nomination by President Sirleaf in a communication addressed to Senate President Pro-Tempore, Armah Jallah on Tuesday.
Brown told the Senate Committee that given his experience and having served in government, as well as representing the nation internationally, he is confident that he will expediently represent Liberia to the fullest.
“I was privileged to have been named Chief Negotiator of the Government of Liberia at the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement; I worked with Liberians and members of the international community to draft an agreement that afforded us the platform to rebuild our country,” Brown noted.
Brown also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company in the Charles Taylor administration. He was in the Transitional Legislative Assembly, among others.
Upon graduating from the University of Liberia, Brown attended the Johns Hopkins University in the United States where he earned a Master’s Degree.
He also said that Liberia is now a contributor to international peace rather than a destination that was once known as a failed state.
The former Information Minister said this is evidenced by the fact that members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are currently on peace keeping mission in Mali, and that the nation has maintained its peace for a considerable period of time.
“The world is looking at Liberia in a different form, we are no longer seen as a country where we are eating up each other on Broad Street or as a pariah or failed state,” Brown said.
According to him, Liberia’s relations with the comity of nations have placed it in a credible place around the international family table, adding, “We are no longer in the back seat or seen as the problematic child, even in our own region we are a leader.”
Brown said when confirmed by the Liberian Senate he will remain open to providing consultations aimed at strengthening the nation’s relationship both at the global and regional levels.
He emphasized that Liberia must continue to provide the greatest quality of representations at the highest level to further boost the nation’s image internationally.
“The goodwill toward Liberia is unprecedented, the challenges we have must be met and that is why it is important that Liberia takes its rightful place at these regional organizations, because it is through these regional bodies that the UN does most of its work,” Brown emphasized.