The 22nd session of the Professional Executive Master of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) course has ended in Accra, with a call on corporate organisations and public institutions to adopt ADR mechanisms to prevent or settle disputes.
The course, run by the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute, equips trainees with skills in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration in various fields such as finance and banking, land conflict management, project and contract management, corporate governance, human resource and industrial relations management, and school conflict management, among others.
Twenty-nine professionals from diverse fields participated in the 31-week course, which took the trainees through the various modules and simulation exercises that offered them the relevant practical skills to resolve all forms of disputes.
Mr Austin Gamey, CEO of Gamey and Gamey Group, in his remarks at he closing session, urged organisations to invest in dispute prevention and resolution so as to avoid the negative effects of disputes.
He said because disputes were bound to occur in any human institution, there must be deliberate efforts to institute dispute resolution systems to address differences when they occur.
According to him, the increasing economic and administrative challenges facing organisations as a result of the corona pandemic, which is creating complex disputes, makes it more critical for organisations to pay attention to ADR mechanisms so as to avoid acrimonious court litigation.
He congratulated the trainees, who are awaiting their graduation, for the successful completion of the course, and urged them to act as change agents in their respective fields.
In addition, he encouraged them to utilise the skills acquired from the course to settle disputes in their corporate organisations, social groups and communities.
That, he said, was an effective way to perfect their skills and to build their profile as ADR practitioners, and cautioned them against forcing solutions on disputing parties.
Mrs Elom Kudzo Adekahlor, the Class Leader, for her part, gave assurance of their commitment to promote the image of the ADR profession by upholding the tenets of integrity in their practice.
She thanked all the course facilitators for the support, and promised to deliver on their mandate as change agents for the amicable resolution of disputes.
By Edmund Mingle/ www.adrdaily.com