Accra, 27 November 2019 – ARAP Members of the Steering Committee of the Coordination Unit met in Accra to review its last quarterly activities and questions related to the next programme activities. This quarterly, the 13th Steering Committee was chaired by Mr David Eklu from the Ghana Police Service.
The Steering Committee, which provides support, guidance and oversight the progress of the programme, compromised representatives of ARAP’s coordination unit, the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Ghana Police Service (GPS), the Attorney General (AG), the Judiciary and Judicial Service (JS), the Legal Aid Commission (LAC) and the Economic and Organized Crime Organisation (EOCO).
At the meeting, ARAP’s Team Leader, Ms Ana Sanchez, provided a general overview of the 31 activities supported during the quarter under review. Furthermore, she highlighted some of the events and milestones achieved during this period.
Some of these activities include:
- GPS training on “Communicating with Communities” developed to improve effective communication skills for officers responsible for managing police districts and police stations across Ghana. 200 Senior Police officers participated in this course.
- Training on Disclosure Guidelines for 1,204 GPS and EOCO investigators and prosecutors across all the country in several sessions from August til November 2019.
- NCCE successfully organised the 4th ARAP National Dialogue on “Whistleblowing” mechanism in Tamale, in the Northern Region to engage, educate and empower the people to report cases of corruption.
- CHRAJ and the JS have validated in this period their Institutional Strategies Plans with clear criteria and synchronized lines of actions. Those Institutional Strategic Plans are going to rule their Institutions during the next 5 years.
In relation to the Second International Exchange of Experiences visit that took place in Spain among a mixed Ghanaian delegation from the Commissioner, Director for Human Rights and the Director of Administrative Justice from CHRAJ, two Judges for the Court of Appeal and a representative of the Solicitor General had the opportunity to meet their peers in the equivalent institutions in Spain. The delegation visited Spanish institutions in charge of guaranteeing citizen rights vis-à-vis public administration and overseeing the effective and adequate function of the state in its different functions. These included the Ombudsman, institutions, and instruments contemplated in the contentious and administrative law of Spain. The exchange sought to review and analyse international procedures, systems and standards, exploring adequate instruments for shared purposes.
During the session, CHRAJ briefed the SC on the activities for 2019 Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Week and International Corruption Day that will be launch in Accra from 2 to 9 December 2019.
Representatives of all the stakeholders also presented their updates during the session. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to gain a shared understanding of the work carried out during these months.
The next 14th Steering Committee will be held in January 2020.
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