Centre For Democratic Transitions (CDT) – Ghana To Be Launched 

A Ghanaian-based international Think Tank, Centre For Democratic Transitions-Ghana (CDT-GH), will be launched tomorrow, at the College Of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra, to help with the smoothening of  transitional processes from one government to the other in Ghana.

The Centre, which has been established against the background of the very difficult transitions that  Ghana has gone through since 1993,  focuses solely on giving technical advice on political transitions world-wide with a primary priority on African countries.

The official Inauguration ceremony would be held at the Physicians And Surgeons Hall on Tuesday 14th November, 5pm prompt. The event is expected to house delegates of the Diplomatic Corps, AU representatives, members of internatinal organizations and the media. The Public is invited to the ceremonious event.

To open the launch would be Mr James Victor Gbeho who has been President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission since 2010, to which position he was unanimously elected at the 37th Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the 15 Member States. He was Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1997 to 2001, under President Jerry Rawlings, and he was the Member of Parliament for the Anlo constituency from January 2001 to January 2005. He was subsequently a foreign policy advisor to the government of President John Atta Mills.

The CDT-GH may not be popular among the many Think Tanks across the continent, but it has been duly registered and  paid its dues in giving advisory services that have brought about harmony in some African countries that would have otherwise sunk in post-elections violence, following an omission of the right transition processes.

In an interview this Monday morning on the Morning Xpress,  Executive Coordinator of the institution, Nana Ato Dadzie revealed the pivotal role CDT-GH had played in the transition processes of some African countries like Liberia,  Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the Gambia.

“Essentially,  CDT-GH will be giving advice to African countries that will need our technical assistance in the transition of power,” he stressed.

Nana Ato Dadzie, who was also the Chief of Staff under the Jerry John Rawlings government, brings to CDT-GH a transitional expertise from his role in the transfer of Power from one government to the other in Ghana since 1993. He also aided the transition of power from The Gambia’s long-serving President, Yahya Jammeh to the Adama Barrow government in January 2017.

The Think Tank has been instrumental in the formulation of the transition law of Nigeria as well as the transitional process of Liberia.

“I came from Liberia two weeks ago as a transition planner. It’s on hold now because of the presidential challenge.  Once that is over, then obviously the work I did as a pre-transition planner will come to play,” he told Prince Minkah, host of Morning Xpress.