International think Tank, Centre for Democratic Transitions Ghana (CDT-GH) was launched at a brief ceremony at the College of Physicians last night.
The Ghanaian-based international Think Tank among other policy objectives, hopes to play critical roles in political transitions within the sub region and the world at large to promote democratic governance and peace.
It stems from experiences during very difficult transitions Ghana has gone through since 1993 and the pivotal roles fellows of the Centre played.
The think tank is drawing experiences in critical roles played in Liberia and Sierra Leone which have stabilized the countries after the bloody civil wars as well as Zimbabwe, Nigeria and The Gambia but for which those countries would have been plunged into war.
It was witnessed by a cross section of the public including political analysts and former government officials.
Nana Ato Dadzie is the Executive Coordinator of the Centre for Democratic Transitions Ghana explained the rationale behind the initiative. He stated that, “Due to long periods of one party systems and military rules, many african countries lack experience in constitutional transitions when faced with situations where they have top organize transitions for which their constitutions have no provision, hence their transitions have been chaotic”
Nana Ato Dadzie is a former Chief of Staff under the Rawlings Administration who actively participated in two major transitions, NDC1 to NPP and NDC 2 to NPP 2 and said this to XYZ news ahead of the launch.
In an openeing statement of the launch, the Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Hanna Tetteh also indicated that the need for such an institute cannot be overemphasised.
“A process of transition from one democratic elected government to another, is a process that can be full of risk if not very well handled.”
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Former Minister for Local Governance and Rural Development and Member of the Centre, Professor Kwamena Ahwoi also hinted that the Presidential Transitional Act is one of the foremost areas that they will consider at the initial stages of the Centre’s activities.
Key among the functions of the CDT-GH are:
- 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