Pan-Africanist and Leader of the Economic Fighters League (Fighters), Mr. Ernesto Yeboah will on September 20, 2019 address the gathering of leaders of civil society organizations, academia, business leaders, legal practitioners, government officials and media practitioners from within the West Africa sub-region who are expected to converge in Accra, Ghana’s capital for the 1st West Africa Peace Dialogue (http://afcopb.org/event/wapd) scheduled for September 20-21, 2019.
Mr. Yaboah is expected to speak on “Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa, Ghana-Nigeria Trade Feud; What It Means for Africa Unity” while joining a panel of experts to discuss and find solutions to the ongoing the new trends of conflicts in Africa.
The Dialogue will be opened by a keynote address by Prof. John Gatsi, the Dean of the University of Cape Coast Business School with other speakers from Nigeria, Dr. Rapheal Ogar Oko, Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba; lawyer Zakaria Tanko Musa, lecturer from the Ghana Institute of Journalism; Executive Director of Africa Centre for Peace Building, Korsi Senyo and Rev. Dr. Elias Asiama from the University of Ghana.
The Dialogue which is on the theme “Sustaining Regional Peace To Promote Trade, Investment and Development in West Africa” is being organized by pro-peace civil society organizations, the Africa Centre for Peace Building, Global Educators for All Initiatives, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation and United Religions Initiatives -West Africa in partnership from the Centre for Public Accountability of University of Professional Studies, UN Youth Ghana and with media partnership from the AMN (publishers of Awake Newspaper & Awake Africa Magazine), FNnewsroom.com and GHface.com
The event, according to the organizers seeks to “explore how best citizens of the West African states can promote sisterhood, peace and trade for the development of the people whiles taking into account national laws and international treaties.”
Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Peace Building-AFCOPB, Korsi Senyo in an earlier press statement copied Awake News said “In recent times, Africa is experiencing a new trend of conflict – homophobic attacks which were witnessed in South Africa. The most recent is Ghana and Nigeria trade feud and this development if not curb will become a serious threat to Africa Unity.”
“We, as organizations with a strong foundation built on the principles of peace and harmony see peaceful co-existence among neighbouring nations is a key element to promoting trade, investment and human capital development which lead to solving some basic social problems like unemployment, poverty and hunger. These social problems are an influential undertone to conflict and civil unrest.” – he said
Mr. Senyo noted that “adherence to national laws without key references to regional treaties signed by states within the region could form a basis for regional conflicts hence defeating the common goals for establishing regional blocs in Africa.”
On the format of the event, he said “The dialogue will have keynote addresses and panel discussions where speakers and high personalities will be assembled from the business community, law, media, academia and governments to discuss specific areas. This will have the opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers and panellists on the issues.”
“The second section will focus on research paper presentation where researchers who have done some works on the areas of such conflicts will help find some of underpinning factors to such conflict and how they can be resolved.”
He has since called on the media, corporate bodies to support the programme.
“We use to use this media to call on the media, corporate bodies and development partners within the West Africa sub-region and beyond to support this dialogue.”