The Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) has offered support towards the 3rd National Mediation Expedition aimed at promoting the use of mediation for the resolution of disputes, especially in the business sector.
Being organised by ADR Daily in collaboration with the Gamey & Gamey Group, this year’s Expedition is slated for Afadjato, Ghana’s highest mountain, from Friday October 28-29, 2022.
Dozens of professionals from various sectors are attending the expedition, which is also a learning platform to equip participants with knowledge and skills for the practice of mediation, one of the key mechanisms of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR).
According to the management of the bank, which also sponsored the 2nd edition of the expedition in 2020, its financial support for the event falls in line with its corporate social responsibility programme, as well as its policy to support interventions for human capital development, and national peace.
CBG’s Director of Human Capital and Transformation, Esi Mmirba Wilson, explaining the reason for the sponsorship, described ADR as important for many reasons.
“Any human institution, particularly business organisations, has the tendency to encounter some conflict on a regular basis, and it is therefore important to find the appropriate means to resolving these disputes to ensure congenial working atmosphere for the growth of organisations,” she explained.
She commended ADR Daily and its partners for the commitment in promoting the use of ADR mechanisms for the resolution of disputes in the business sector, and gave assurance of sustained support from the bank.
For her part, Mrs Liz-Ann Kwagbedzi, Business Manager of ADR Daily, thanked CBG for the assistance, describing it as an “essential intervention” for the advancement of ADR in Ghana.
“CBG is one of the financial institutions that continues to stand with the ADR industry, and we are confident that the bank would enjoy the benefits of ADR,” she said.
Touching on the choice of Afadjato, Edmund Mingle, Coordinator of the event noted that the expedition has been designed with a blend of intense learning and mountain hiking.
He explained that for the participants, Mount Afadja represents a “conflict mountain” which mediators have to guide disputing parties in climbing and descending to achieve a resolution of a dispute.
Additionally, he said there would be simulation exercises and a mediation clinic during which mediators would resolve disputes between members of communities in the Afadjato area.