The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) and the Gamey & Co ADR Centre have agreed to a partnership towards promoting the amicable resolution of business disputes.
The partnership is borne out of the Chamber’s quest to provide an effective and efficient out-of-court dispute resolution mechanism for the business community in Ghana.
In furtherance to the partnership, the executives of the Chamber today paid a familiarization visit to the Centre at North Dzorwulu in Accra.
The visit comes ahead of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the partnership between the two organisations.
As part of the partnership, the Centre would facilitate the resolution of business and commercial disputes involving members of the Chamber, using mediation and arbitration procedures.
While the Gamey & Co ADR (GCADR) Centre is the leading conflict resolution institution in Ghana, the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GNCCI) is the largest national association of business operators, firms, and industries with interests spanning all sectors of private enterprise in Ghana. As an advocacy organisation, the GNCCI has the prime objective of promoting and protecting commercial and industrial interests in the country.
Mr. Mark Badu-Aboagye, Chief Executive Officer of GNCCI, who led the delegation from the Chamber, expressed confidence that the partnership would yield results by helping its members and the business community to avoid litigation and its attendant effects on business operations.
He said the Chamber, through the partnership, looks forward to having a well defined dispute resolution system for members, citing other commerce associations such as the Ivorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry that has an active mediation centre.
Mr. Badu-Aboagye thanked the Centre “for accepting to work with us,” and gave assurance of the commitment of the Chamber towards promoting ADR in the business community.
Mr. Austin Gamey, Chairman of GCADR, for his part, also looked forward to a fruitful relationship for the benefit of the business community.
Briefing the delegation on the operations of the Centre, he assured the Chamber of quality expertise and service delivery to ensure the success of the partnership.
For his part, Mr Dickson Tweneboa-Koduah, a legal practitioner and member of the Chamber’s Lawyers’ Guild, stressed the need for businesses to adopt mediation and ADR in general, to ensure speedy, cost effective, confidential and amicable resolution of commercial disputes.
Mr Saeed Musah-Khaleepha, Executive Director of GCADR, welcoming the delegation, said the Centre would bring to bear its vast experience in commercial dispute resolution to support the members of the Chamber.
The promotion and adoption of ADR, particularly mediation by key stakeholders such as the GNCCI, and the business community in general, he said, would significantly improve Ghana’s rating on ease of doing business and enhance the business climate.
By Edmund Mingle/adrdaily.com