West Africa Civil Society Institute

Nana Asantewaa Afadzinu, Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WASCSI) has said Civil Society groups had a major role to promote democratic values and principles in the sub region.

West Africa Civil Society InstituteShe said the sub region was still confronted with challenges such as human rights abuses, peace, security and trade among others, and that civil society groups were very much needed to help fights those challenges.

Nana Asantewaa was addressing participants at the end of a two day public forum on Regional Development in West Africa organized by the Africa In Focus in Accra on the theme ?Enhancing public knowledge and engagement on regional development in West Africa?.

The forum was attended by senior policy officials, civil society leaders, researchers, journalists and community leaders, who discussed the on-going debates around the Integration of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), regional peace and security, the informal economy and efforts to promote intra-African trade with the view of providing the necessary public support.

Nana Asantewaa gave the assurance that WACSI would continue to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of civil society organisations to engage in policy interventions and the promotion of democratic values and principles in West Africa.

Mr Emmanuel K. Bensah Jr., the Coordinator of the Forum and Head of the Research and Communications Unit of Radio XYZ in Accra, said the forum was successful, as it was able to increase the knowledge of participants on the on-going ECOWAS integration efforts on energy and security in the region and across the continent, as well as its implications for Ghana.

He said the Forum would be organized annually in order to be able to ensure the total integration of ECOWAS especially in the areas of trade, peace, security and tourism.

The Africa In Focus is an award winning programme by Radio XYZ in Accra, which is live-on-air every Tuesday from 1300 to 1500 hours.

It is dedicated to telling Africa?s story by educating and informing listeners on developments around manifold sectors in ECOWAS member states, the African Union and its institutions.

GNA

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