The Centre for Democratic Transition, Ghana (CDT-GH), a Ghana-based political think-tank, has been launched in Accra, with the aim of initiating policies and programmes that will help to enrich the nation’s vibrant democracy.
It is also hoped to playa significant role in political transitions within the West Africa sub-region to promote democracy, good governance, peace and economic growth.
Speaking at the launch in Accra on Tuesday, this, week, the executive coordinator and co-founder of the centre, Nana Ato Dadzie, said, the formation of the centre stemmed from experiences during very difficult transitions in the country, whichGhana has been through since 1993 and the critical roles fellowsof the centre played.
Additionally, he said, the think-tank also draws experiences in critical roles played in Liberia and Sierra Leone which have stabilized the countries after bloody civil wars, as well as Zimbabwe, Nigeria and The Gambia, but for which those countries would have been plunged into war.
Some of the functions of the centre are to offer advisory services on organisation of transitions from one constitutional government to another political party, advisory services on organisation of transitions from a military government to a civilian, constitutional government, advisory services on transitions from centralized systems of administration to decentralized systems of administration and,advisory services on public sector reforms generally.
Sharing further experiencing on the formation of the Centre, Nana Ato Dadzie stated that the rationale behind the initiative was“due to long periods of one party systems and military rules that some of the African countries witnessed.
He noted that, the lack of experience in constitutional transitions when faced with situations where most of them have had to organize transitions for which their constitutions have no provision, for which reasons their transitions have been “chaotic.”
The former former chief of staff, under the Jerry John Rawlings regime, noted that he, together with Kwamena Ahwoi, and several others actively participated in two major transitions, NDC1 (2000) to NPP and NDC2 to NPP (2016).
He said, it was out of those rich experiences that the centre was formed to join the league of think-tanks around the globe to build democratic transitions and to help governments of nations for smooth handing over power without chaos.
The executive coordinator however charged Ghanaians, especially politicians, to embrace the work of the centre, as it is poised to contribute exceptionally to the democratic development of the sub-region.
Ms Hanna Serwa Tetteh, a former Minister for Foreign Affairs, who chaired the launching, applauded the founders for their foresight and noted that there was the need for such an institution in the political system, as their functions could not be underestimated.
Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chair of ECOWAS, in a remark, stated that a process of transition from one democratically-elected government to another is a process that could be full of risks if not very well handled and commended the fellow.
He said, Ghana has strived to live democratically for the past two decades and has earned a reputation in the eyes of the international community and that there was the need for Ghanaians to cherish and preserve the path that other nations are struggling to emulate.
The launching was attended by several political figures, including Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Bagbin, Member of Parliament, from the opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), political analysts and former government appointees of the NDC.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba