Dr Kofi Anokye Owusu-Darko reading the Deputy Minister's speech
Dr Kofi Anokye Owusu-Darko reading the Deputy Minister's speech
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ADR Daily, Ghana’s foremost specialised media organisation dedicated to the promotion of the practice and use of ADR for the resolution of disputes in Ghana and beyond has been commended for its dedicated contribution to the growth of the ADR industry in Ghana.

Diana Asonaba Dapaah, Deputy Attorney-General & Minister of Justice gave the commendation in her address read on her behalf to open the 3rd annual Mediation Expedition at Afadjato in the Volta region, organised by ADR Daily.

She believes that the contribution of ADR Daily would continue
to significantly enhance awareness creation efforts for more individuals, organisations, groups, and communities to adopt ADR mechanisms, particularly mediation to resolve differences.

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A section of the participants at the peak of Afadjato
A section of the participants at the peak of Afadjato

The annual national Mediation Expedition which was organised in collaboration with Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) and Gamey and Gamey Group, had the theme,
“The relevance of Mediation in addressing Labour Disputes.”

Over 60 professionals from various sectors participated in the two-day event which blended mediation practice learning with adventure.

The Deputy Minister was confident that the expedition will not only present the necessary relaxation needed by participants but will enable the to attain all the virtues of mediation and ADR in general.

Lizzy-Ann Kwagbedzi (left), an Associate of Gamey and Gamey Group facilitating a session
Lizzy-Ann Kwagbedzi (left), an Associate of Gamey and Gamey Group facilitating a session

In recognition of the importance and benefits of Mediation, Ms. Dapaah urged Ghanaians to adopt mediation for the effective resolution of disputes in all sectors.

According to her, the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly mediation, remain enormous, and therefore should be taken advantage of for the amicable settlement of disputes, including labour disputes.

Ms. Dapaah explained that because mediation has been given solid legal recognition in Ghana’s legal framework, with many state institutions mandated to use mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism, the public need to use it more rather than engaging in court litigation.

She cited the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Media Commission, the Lands Commission, and the National Labour Commission as a few of the institutions that, in accordance with their respective regulations, use mediation to resolve disputes.

For instance, she noted that since 2000, CHRAJ has on average, received about 12,000 complaints annually, of which 95% are resolved using mediation, with an approximately 87% closure rate.

In addition, she said the courts have also adopted ADR mechanisms with the introduction of Court-Connected ADR, which instructs particular cases to undergo mediation in the resolution of those disputes.

“Mediation is here to stay, and ought to be the first port of call, following negotiations, when a dispute arises,” she stressed.