Prof. John Gatsi to speak at the 1st West Africa Peace Dialogue


The Dean of the University of Cape Coast Business School, Prof. John Gatsi will be speaking at the median edition of the West Africa Peace Dialogue scheduled for September 20-21, 2019 at the University of Professional Studies-Accra, Ghana.

As the Keynote Speaker, he is expected to open the conversation of leaders of civil society organizations, academia, business leaders, legal practitioners, government officials and media practitioners from within the West Africa sub-region on the theme “Sustaining Regional Peace To Promote Trade, Investment, and Development in West Africa”. He will be joined by other speakers and panelist from Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and outside the West African sub-region.

The Dialogue is being organized by pro-peace civil society organizations, the Africa Centre for Peace Building, Global Educators for All Initiatives, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation and United Religions Initiatives -West Africa with media partnership from the  AMN (publishers of Awake Newspaper & Awake Africa Magazine), and

The event seeks to “explore how best citizens of the West African states can promote sisterhood, peace, and trade for the development of the people whiles taking into account national laws and international treaties.”

Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Peace Building-AFCOPB, Korsi Senyo in an earlier press statement copied Awake News said “In recent times, Africa is experiencing a new trend of conflict – xenophobic attacks which were witnessed and currently ongoing in South Africa. Ghana and Nigeria have also beeing experiencing trade feud for some time now and this development if not curb will become a serious threat to Africa Unity.”

“We, as organizations with a strong foundation built on the principles of peace and harmony see peaceful co-existence among neighbouring nations is a key element to promoting trade, investment and human capital development which lead to solving some basic social problems like unemployment, poverty and hunger. These social problems are an influential undertone to conflict and civil unrest.” – he said

Mr. Senyo noted that “adherence to national laws without key references to regional treaties signed by states within the region could form a basis for regional conflicts hence defeating the common goals for establishing regional blocs in Africa.”

On the format of the event, he said “The dialogue will have keynote addresses and panel discussions where speakers and high personalities will be assembled from the business community, law, media, academia, and governments to discuss specific areas. This will have the opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers and panelists on the issues.”

“The second section will focus on research paper presentation where researchers who have done some works on the areas of such conflicts will help find some of underpinning factors to such conflict and how they can be resolved.”

He has since called on the media, corporate bodies to support the programme.

“We use to use this media to call on the media, corporate bodies and development partners within the West Africa sub-region and beyond to support this dialogue.”

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