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The 2021 Professional Executive Master of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (PEM-ADR) training programme run by the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute, opened at the weekend in Tema, with the induction of over 30 participants attending the course.

As the longest running high level ADR training programme in Africa, the 31 week course would train the participants, who are from diverse fields to become professional Negotiators, Mediators and Arbitrators.

This year’s training, which is being run at the Gamey Apex Leadership Centre in Tema Community 26, the new ultra-modern training complex built by the Gamey and Gamey Group, would also be conducted online concurrently through the Institute’s virtual platform to enable trainees out of Accra and Tema to participate.

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The new cohort of participants consist of senior public servants, lawyers, human resource and industrial relations managers, labour union leaders, school administrators, finance managers and bankers, land administrators, court clerks, traditional leaders, security officers, media practitioners and law students.

As part of the induction, the participants were taken through the course outline and an orientation on the virtual facility.

In his welcome address to open the session,  Mr. Austin Gamey, Chief Executive Officer of Gamey and Gamey Group, commended the participants on their enrollment, and assured them of quality learning experience throughout the course.

According to him, because differerences or disputes are bound to occur in any human institution, there must be deliberate efforts to institute dispute resolution systems to address differences when they occur, adding that that requires learning and skills for effective dispute resolution.

Exhorting the benefits of ADR, he assured the students that they would be equipped with skills that would enable them to act as change agents in preventing or resolving disputes in all sectors of society.

He encouraged them to avail themselves to acquire practical knowledge about the various ADR mechanisms and to build their skill set for professional practice.

In addition, he urged them to consider areas for specialisation as the course rolls out, explaining that specialisation offers an advantage for a successful professional ADR practice.

By Benjamin Nana Appiah/ www.adrdaily.com