By Eunice Hilda Ampomah/Grace Princess Tarwo, GNA
Accra, Aug. 14,
GNA – The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GNCCI) has signed
an agreement with Gamey Consult, a local consulting firm, to resolve disputes
among business entities with an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system. .
Dispute Resolution system was introduced to resolve business disputes in a more
cost effective manner, within the shortest possible time and help to maintain
the cordial business relationships after settlement of the disputes.
Dankawoso I, the President of the GNCCI, who signed the agreement on behalf of
the Chamber, explained that ADR was a form of resolving disputes without
resorting to the law court.
methods such as arbitration, negotiation and mediation, which complemented the
traditional justice system.
He said it had
always been the desire of the Chamber and the entire business community to get
an alternative to the rigorous, acrimonious and resource consuming traditional
court system that resolves business and commercial disputes.
disputes, he noted, would always be with people as they remained in business,
adding that, the opportunities the ADR system was offering was what every
business person was looking for.
I, said it was against this background that the Chamber had taken the step to
establish an ADR Centre to help its members and the entire business community
to resolve their business disputes.
“In our attempt
to achieve the above objective, the Chamber is partnering with the leading ADR
Centre in Ghana, Gamey & Co. ADR Centre, to kick-start the project; there
is no need to reinvent the wheel. ADR Centre is a key component of several
Chambers of Commerce around the world,” he said.
Mr Austin Akufo
Gamey, the Chairman of Gamey and Co. ADR Centre, said he was delighted that his
firm was given the opportunity to offer members of the Chamber an opportunity
to resolve disputes that might rise from their business dealings.
He said since
the three main activities undertaken by any Chamber of Commerce is about rule
setting, dispute resolution and policy advocacy, the GNCCI had taken a good
step to partner Gamey and Co. ADR to help them realize that vision.
“We have a
diverse crop of professionals with rich experience on the roster of mediators
and arbitrators, who are ready to serve diligently in the execution of tasks
ahead,” he said.
Mr Gamey said
the collaboration would help the business community to resolve disputes locally
without stress and the additional cost involved in taking cases abroad.
He gave the
Chamber an assurance that his firm would become the preferred seat of Mediation
and Arbitration by the business community to help create jobs in the country.
disclosed that his firm would accredit over 40 ADR practitioners for a start,
in addition to the numbers they had already enlisted.
the Chamber, we will embark on an orientation programme for members of the
Chamber on the rules and procedures of the Center,” he said.
Emile Short, former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and
Administrative Justice, said the ADR system was an effective way of settling
cases, adding that, law courts even allowed such mediations at certain times.
He said ADR
enabled cases to be settled amicably without separation or disruption of the
relationship between business entities.
“It seeks to
achieve a ‘win-win’ situation. I would, therefore, encourage all business persons
to consider referring their disputes and cases to the ADR centre for them to be
resolved amicably,” he said.