The Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute has held its 2021 ADR master’s graduation ceremony in Tema, with a call on Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioners to adopt proactive means of helping to resolve disputes.
Twenty-nine professionals from diverse fields, who formed the 22nd cohort of the Institute’s masters programme, were awarded Professional Executive Master of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (PEM.ADR) certificates.
They are to practice as Arbitrators and Mediators to help in the resolution of disputes in various sectors of society.
Initiated in 2003, the Institute’s ADR course is the longest running top level ADR training in Africa, producing nearly 600 graduates over the years.
Mr. Austin Gamey, Chief Executive Officer of the Gamey and Gamey Group, speaking on the theme, “Resolving disputes in an era of social distancing,” reminded the graduating class and ADR practitioners in general that the dynamics of how conflicts emerge, and also get resolved, have changed as a result of the corona virus pandemic.
He said the reality is that many practitioners were recording a decline in cases they handle in the conventional face-to-face process, with more clients now opting for virtual interactions.ds
In that regard, he urged them to Online Dispute Resolution facilities and Artificial Intelligence systems to aid their practice.
“You should pay attention to industry trends,” he advised, adding that by keeping abreast of the times, they would be able prepared at all times to effectively deal with all manner of cases.
Mr Fidelis Patrice Seddoh, a Commissioner of the National Labour Commission, who chaired the event, congratulated the graduands, and urged them to continue to enhance their capacity in order to overcome challenges in ADR practice.
He also commended the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute for continually enriching the course content to respond to changing industry demands, and urged the new practitioners to practice with integrity.
Mrs Elom Kudzo Adekahlor, President of the Class, in her report, thanked the facilitators for the impactful lessons which have helped to prepare the class members for the ADR profession.
“We commit to act as agents of change in our respective fields with integrity and dedication.
“We as ADR professionals will seek to help our organisations, social groups, communities, families and friends to settle disputes with the skills acquired from the programme, and we are looking forward to impacting the ADR landscape,” she said.
Mrs Nana Essilfuah Tamakloe, Marketing and Corporate Relations Director of Absa Bank, and the President of the new 2021 cohort, in a solidarity message, congratulated the graduating cohort for the achievement.
She said the decision to join the course to “unlearn and relearn” demonstrates bravery and a quest for continuous improvement and growth.
“It takes courage and a thirst for self-discovery, and the sheer willingness to be better, to come to this point where we find ourselves,” she stated, and expressed their full commitment to journey through the training programme.
By Edmund Mingle/ www.adrdaily.com