Accra, 17 September 2019 – ARAP Steering Committee members gathered in Accra on to review its last quarterly activities and questions related to the next programme activities. This quarterly, the 12th Steering Committee was co-chaired by Mr Clemence Honyenuga, from the Judiciary and Judicial Service and Mr Richard Quayson, from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice Commission (CHRAJ).
The Steering Committee, which provides support, guidance and oversight the progress 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 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 34 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:
- The signature of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Council for Law Reporting (CLR) and the Judicial Service.
- CHRAJ visit to Kenya on an international study trip to strengthen the International relations with counterparts in the improvement of digital tools. A new digital platform will be designed and developed to support the CHRAJ national mandate with the support of ICT Unit of Kenya HRC as a result of the visit.
- With the full engagement of the AGO, GPS and EOCO received training on disclosure. 500 Police prosecutors and selected investigator and EOCO investigators started under this period. This training on “Disclosure” will continue until December throughout the country. • GPS received technical support to develop and roll out a communication and ethics training Communication with Communities (CwC) for its Senior and Junior officers. For the upcoming trainings, new materials have been developed with GPS Public Affairs Directorate (PAD) for the “Training of Trainers” for Senior and Junior officers.
- NCCE successfully organised two National Dialogues, one on “Conflict of Interest”, focused on Public Accountability and another one on “Environmental Governance”.
- LAC presented significant progress in the development of the Legal Aid policy and legal aid regulations.
The ARAP Team Leader informed the SC that the digital tools and platforms were improved this quarter and ARAP has drafted the steps for the handing over of the digital platforms.
In relation to the First International Exchange of Experiences visit that took place in Madrid, Spain among a mixed Ghanaian delegation from the EPA and AGO and Spanish institutions, the ARAP Team Leader explained that the visit intended to expose the Ghanaian institutions to international best practices promoting: The Institutional relation at International level with counterparts Institutions and International Networks; and the Inter-Institutional Coordination at national level institutions.
- As a result of this exchange of experience with the Spanish Host Institutions: An Agreement to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Spanish and Ghanaian AGOs to facilitate the Mutual legal assistance is in place, as well as an agreement in principal to collaborate with trainings from EPA and the National Toxicology Institute.
- At the national level: a coordinated joint work has started between the EPA and AGO: in three real cases, in the development of the “Manual of Prosecution in environmental cases”, the creation of focal points and the study of the creation of a national network.
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 13th Steering Committee will be held on the 26 November 2019.
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