The Center for Democracy and Development (CCD) & West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) organize a two days regional consultative meeting on conflicts in the
Professor Boubacar Barry, a theoretician of Senegabia and a thinker of integration, born in
In his keynote address said Senegambia is wider than the defined ECOWAS zones which was limited to only four countries, why not include
Therefore his first conclusion is
We must come back to this internal dynamics to solve this crises and conflicts. Why can’t we solve these developing crises, rather than allowing them repeating themselves? He pointed out that there is a conflict in development in
Fragmentation is another area where Barry dilated on. He said is one thing that affects our developments. He said one takes a flight to
He indicated that
He referred to fragmentation as two separate fragmentations; one of knowledge, which is the languages of the colonial masters, the second fragmentation is about religions be it Islam and Christianity. Again it is either in French or Arabic when it comes to religion. How can we be fragmented to such a level and yet solve such problems? It’s true that at elections we speak to our electorates in our local languages just to get votes. “We cannot solve conflicts with a fragmented knowledge or religion” said Professor Barry. It is his opinion that the
Dr. Siga Jagne Director of Pro-PAG and co organizer of the conference in her remark indicated that
The Center for Development and Democracy, (CDD) Director Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim in his remarks said one of the things they in the civil society cherish is our participation in activities like early warning and prevention mechanism in conflicts preventions. He said part of the limitation in our democratic development has been the excessive conflicts in the areas.
By ECOWAS definition of Senegambia zone, includes The Gambia,
Dele Sonubi, of the West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) deputizing for the General Secretary, told the conference that WACSOF is an umbrella organization of civil society organizations in our region, and there head office is in
ECOWAS regional office coordinators, Moussa Dabal, welcomed and thank on behalf of the Secretary General of ECOWAS all who come here. He said this is a commitment shown by the civil society organizations in the region. Dabal noted that there have been a lot of conflicts in the region; on 28 May 1975 ECOWAS was founded with the primary role of economic affairs, the political issues were not part of the agenda at the time. But with experience today, development cannot take place in the absence of good governance and democracy.
The early warning system is in four zones, zone one is the Senegambia zone with head offices in