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Colloquium on “The Quest for Sustainable Development - Influence and Relevance of International Organisations in the Governance Structure of African States”

Colloquium on “The Quest for Sustainable Development - Influence and Relevance of International Organisations in the Governance Structure of African States”

A Colloquium, organized within the framework of the Nyansapo College MAIRD module on International Organisations was held on the 18th of October, 2016 at Nyansapo College under the theme: “The Quest for Sustainable Development - Influence and Relevance of International Organisations in the Governance Structure of African States”.

The colloquium was aimed at determining the extent to which International Organisations such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Pan-African Parliament, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the ECOWAS Parliament impact the practice of good governance in Africa.

Under the Chairmanship of the College President, Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, the continued relevance and acceptance of Democracy and good governance as fundamental requirements or conditions for the achievement of sustainable development were explored by our two gracious presenters from the Parliament of Ghana with the moderation of Mrs Rose Keddy, former Deputy Clerk of Parliament of Ghana.

The presenters were Honourable David Oppon Kusi, Member of Parliament for the Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency and Mr Richard Kwame Akyeampong, Director of the International Relations & Protocol Office in the Parliamentary Service of Ghana.

The Colloquium, which was organized for the benefit of the Nyansapo College students, also involved the participation of students from Accra Academy Senior High School and Kaneshie Secondary Technical High School both in Accra. In underlining the importance of the involvement of the youth in the Colloquium, the College Dean, Dr Alexander Kwame Archine, in his opening remarks, emphasized the need for societal change in several spheres including governance systems and the fact that it was the future generations who were best placed to effect that change if properly instructed (educated) and nurtured. Indeed, in his closing remarks, the President of the Nyansapo College Governing Council dwelt further on the need for change which he admitted would take time and patience but could only occur effectively if we recognized our weaknesses and resolved to correct them as we progressed.

The following were some of the points raised and discussed at the Colloquium:
- The relevance of international organizations with focus on governance.
- The myriad of socio-economic challenges that confront Africa and its people call to question the efficacy and continued reliance on good governance as holding the key to the attainment of sustainable development.
- How Parliament’s watchdog role as representatives of the citizenry could be safeguarded to ensure effective resource management and control of the national purse in Ghana
- How to meaningfully devolve power to communities in ways that facilitate achievement of the economic transformation agenda as espoused in the SDGs.
- The presenters made a strong case for strong institutions at the national level, including well organized Parliaments, which could in turn inform the relevant international organizations and make them function better to the benefit of member countries.
- Above all, the need for citizens to be educated enough to demand accountability from their leaders was emphasized.

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