A three-day training workshop on capacity development for
emergency and humanitarian response, organised by the Economic Community of
West African States ECOWAS in collaboration with UNHCR, opened yesterday at the
Jerma Beach Hotel in Kololi.
Speaking on the opening ceremony, Dr Guye Abdou, Early
Warning System Manager ECOWAS, said that in the last few years conflict
prevention has become a corner stone for a sustainable peace building in West Africa. ECOWAS Early warning system, he revealed, is
the first pillar of overall conflict prevention given mandate by ECOWAS heads
of state and government. "This workshop with UNHCR is aimed at deepening the
partnership base and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the early
warning system. The workshop is a true transformation of our vision of an
integrated early warning system where all major actors and stakeholders are
involved. It is my wish that at the end of the three days, we will have been
imbued with capacity and knowledge to improve our understanding and analysis of
humanitarian crises in West Africa," he
Major Lamin Jammeh, of The Gambia Armed Forces, welcomed the
participants to The Gambia and described the workshop as timely.
Mrs. Naffie Barry, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the
Department of State for Trade, Industry and Employment who declared the forum
open encouraged the participants to take the workshop seriously.
The ceremony was chaired by Mr.Moussa Dabal Head of Mission.