Gambia hosts AU regional consultative meeting

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Gambia has hosted a three-day high level African Union (AU) consultative dialogue held at a local hotel in Kotu.Organised by the African Union with the support of Training for Peace program, the regional dialogue meeting brought participants from the West Africa regional bloc, ECOWAS member states under the theme: Enhancing the integration of the rule of law, security sector reform, transitional justice, governance into stabilisation efforts and  Lessons for silencing the Guns by 2020.

Dr. Alhaji Sarjor Bah, head of crisis management and post conflict reconstruction development division of African Union Commission (AUC) said the realisation of “Never Again” promise, which is advocated at the end of a violent conflict and all stakeholders can only attain difficult transitions through dedication, hard work and commitment.

He said this will ensure that right institutions are established and empowered, saying it is equally critical to have the appropriate legal frameworks, human resource capacity and financial resources to be able to lay the right foundations or where they already exist and consolidate the foundations on which societies are anchored.

He said the period after violent conflicts or difficult transitions offer opportunities for transformation – opportunities to address mass scale human rights violations by exacting accountability from alleged perpetrators, providing remedial action for survivors and victims and putting in place measures for the prevention of resources.

Dr. Bah said recognizing the complexities of reconstructing and transforming societies, AU has provided a blueprint for post conflict reconstruction and development.

Gambia’s Interior minister Ebrima Mballow said, his government appreciates the AU vision to silence guns by 2020, which he said is one of the flagship of Agenda 2063; the vision to create an integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa.

Minister Mballow said AU technical support to The Gambia is in line with the country’s ongoing efforts to re-establish strong and viable institutions.

Nassie Golakai Gould, interim country representative of UNDP The Gambia said the dialogue targets to ensure holistic and systematic approach to the consolidation of governance, conflict mitigation and sustainable peace building.

She said the approach recognizes the strategic inter-relationship between the rule of law, security and transitional justice as key components of an over-arching rule of law and justice system which itself is underpinned by a national governance framework.

Ambassador Vabah Gayflor,  ECOWAS special representative to The Gambia said since its formation  in 1975, ECOWAS continues to build bridges across the sub-region and has constantly endeavored to develop  innovative means through constructive  engagement within member states  and other relevant actors towards achieving  a just and equitable society.
Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh