Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa (FSDA)

ECOWAS NSA Durbar

The Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa (FSDA) implemented a project entitled  "Empowering women, youth and economic orations on ECOWAS Regional Integration process"


It was sponsored by ECOWAS and Funded by the European Union and implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.


It started in January 2011 and it scheduled to end at the end of July.


The objective of the project was to sensitize the people, border agencies and the economic operator who do business at the Ghana-Togo border or cross the border as “border residents” for social, cultural and commercial reasons to better understand the ECOWAS trade related protocols such as Protocol or Free movement of persons, right of residents and establishment, ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), ECOWAS convection or Inter-State Transportation etc.


The Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa (FSDA) with the political support of the Chiefs and Queen mother’s as well as the women, the youth and Economic Operators in the Ketu District organized a Grand Durbar in Ghana and Kordzoviakorpe and Nyekornakpoe Traditional areas of Lome-Togo to mark the 36th Anniversary of ECOWAS which took place at Aflao on 28th May 2011.

 

Mr. Alipui, Executive Director, FSDA, met with the Youth at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum to explain to them the ideals of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah about PanAfricanism which resulted in the founding of ECOWAS A Cross-section of the Youth at the graveside of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, First President of Ghana and one of the Founding Fathers of Pan Africanism which resulted in creation of ECOWAS.
 
Mr. Alipui met with the Youth at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum to speak to them about ECOWAS Mr. Alipui met with the Youth at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum to speak to them about ECOWAS Mr. Alipui met with the Youth at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum to speak to them about ECOWAS Mr. Fred  Alipui met and welcomed at the Ghana-Togo border at Aflao-Ghana, Torgbui de Souza IV, Paramount Chief of Nyekornakpoe-Togo on his arrival for the ECOWAS Day – 36th Anniversary Celebration at Aflao. Mr. Fred  Alipui met and welcomed at the Ghana-Togo border at Aflao-Ghana, Torgbui de Souza IV, Paramount Chief of Nyekornakpoe-Togo on his arrival for the ECOWAS Day – 36th Anniversary Celebration at Aflao. Representative of Torgbui Dzidzorli Detu XI of Nyekornakpoe and Torgbui de Souza IV of Kordzoviakorpe – both of Togo, sitting  at the ECOWAS Day Durbar A cross-section of Chiefs and Youth at the ECOWAS Day Durbar on 28th May 2011 at Aflao, Ghana-Togo border. A cross-section of the Queenmothers and the Youth at the ECOWAS Day Celebration on 28th May 2011 at Aflao, Ghana-Togo border. Some of the Queenmothers and Opinion Leaders at the Durbar marking the ECOWAS Day at Aflao, Ghana –Togo border on 28th May 2011. Some of the traditional drummers playing to the admiration of the crowd at the ECOWAS Day Durbar A cross-section of tradtional drummers playing “Agbadza” at the Durbar grounds to entertain the guests. A cross-section of tradtional drummers playing “Agbadza” at the Durbar grounds to entertain the guests. A cross-section of tradtional drummers playing “Agbadza” at the Durbar grounds to entertain the guests. From left to right: Mr. Fred Alipui, Executive Director of FSDA, with Torgbui Addo V of Klikor Traditional Area and Torgbui Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area and Chairman of the Durbar marking the 36th Anniversary of ECOWAS Day held on 28th May, 2011 at Aflao, Ghana-Togo border. Queenmothers Paying Courtesy call on the Paramount Chiefs on the daice at the ECOWAS Day Durbar. Mr. Bashir M. Info – representative of  ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development  (EBID),  sitting near a Queenmother at the Durbar. Some of trhe Queenmothers joined the Women to dance to the captivating  music produced by the traditional drummers at the Durbar marking the ECOWAS Day at Aflao, Ghana-Togo border. On the front row are Left to Right, Torgbui Addo V, Paramount Chief of Klikor Traditional Area, Torgbui Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area and Chairman of the ECOWAS Day Durbar, Torgbui de Souza V, Paramount Chief of Kordzoviakorpe, Lome-Togo. A cross-section of the traditional rulers and opinion leaders at the ECOWAS Day Durbar Mr. Fred Alipui, Executive Director, FSDA  addressing the media on the aims and objectives of the ECOWAS Day at the Durbar. Mr. Alipui, Executive Director of FSDA gives his opening remarks at the Grand Durbar marking ECOWAS Day at Aflao, Ghana-Togo border, 28th May 2011. Torgbui Amenya Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area, Chairman of the Grand Durbar gives the key note address to the gathering. Mr. Alipui assists Mama Ayaba II, Queenmother of Adafienu, President of Association of Queenmothers of Ketu South and Ketu North,  prior to her presentation of the Memorandum of Recommendations and Resolutions of the People of Ketu Districts on the ECOWAS Project to Torgbui Fiti V. Mr. Essoh Wella, Charge d’affaire of Togo to Ghana (blue dress), Mr. Lawrence Azumah, Charge d’affaire of Ghana to Togo (white dress). Mr. Justice  Tsar, representative of the National Security Coordinator, addressing the Durbar on ECOWAS Day. Mama Ayaba II, Queenmother of Adafienu, assisted by Mama Akwabe,  hands over the Memorandum to Torgbui Passaku, Chief of Ahatsukorpe, for delivery to Torgbui Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area Mama Ayaba II, Queenmother of Adafienu, assisted by Mama Akwabe,  hands over the Memorandum to Torgbui Passaku, Chief of Ahatsukorpe, for delivery to Torgbui Fiti V, Paramount Chief of Aflao Traditional Area Ms Genevieve Apaloo, Minister Counsellor of Ghana Embassy in Togo and Ms Eva Denoo, Asst. Director, ECOWAS Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana. Mr. Wilson Ata Krofah, (extreme right), President of the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) and the wife also attended the ECOWAS Day Durbar. Mr. Kwaku Ayayee, Chairman of the Ghana Freight Forwarders, Aflao branch, reads out the resolution on the formation of the Ketu Branch of the ECOWAS Business Forum. Mr. Kwaku Ayayee, Chairman of the Ghana Freight Forwarders, Aflao branch, reads out the resolution on the formation of the Ketu Branch of the ECOWAS Business Forum. Best student Award winner of the ECOWAS Inter-Schools Debate hands over, on behalf of the Youth, their resolution for form the Ketu Branch of the ECOWAS Youth Movement. Mr. Lagnie Babimle Kpadje, Rep. of ECOWAS Unit, in Togo, representing  ECOWAS Commission at the Durbar. ECOWAS Youth Movement – Ketu Branch – is born as the Youth Leader, reads out their Resolution on behalf of the other Youth who have signed up to join the Movement.  Cross-section of the Youth with their placards with messages reflecting messages in respect of ECOWAS. The Student who joined the ECOWAS Youth Movement hands  over their Resolution to Torgbui Passaku Chief of Hatsukorpoe, for presentation to Torgbui Fiti V. Ms Lydia, a  representative of the West Africa Trade Hub (WATH) project also gave a solidarity message. Mr. Wilson Ata Krofah, President of Federation of West Africa Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) gave a solidarity message. Mr. Azuma, Charge d’affaire of Ghana to Togo delivered a message to the Durbar on behalf of his Ambassador. Mama Ayaba II, Queenmother of Adafienu, President of the Association of Queenmothers, flanked by other Queenmothers, reads out the Resolution of Queenmothers on the formation of ECOWAS Women’s Association prior to handing over the Memorandum of Recommendations and Resolutions to Torgbui Fiti V at the Durbar. Supporters of the Female Footballers from Agbozume, at the Aflao Roman Catholic School Football Park on occasion of ECOWAS Day Football match. Womens’ Team that participated in the football matches leading to the celebration of ECOWAS Day Womens’ Team that participated in the football matches leading to the celebration of ECOWAS Day Womens’ Team that participated in the football matches leading to the celebration of ECOWAS Day Womens’ Team that participated in the football matches leading to the celebration of ECOWAS Day Team from Aflao that participated in the football match leading to the ECOWAS Day celebration. Football Team from Togo that participated in the ECOWAS Football Games leading to 36th Anniversary of ECOWAS Day, at Aflao Roman Catholic Mission Park.  Training Session for Opinion Leaders on ECOWAS Trade and Trade-related Protocols Training Session for the Border Agencies – Immigration, Customs, Police, Ghana Standards Board, Plant Quarantine, Food and Drugs Administration etc. Mr. Alipui, makes a presentation on the project to the District Chief Executive of Ketu South in his office at Denu in January 2011. Mr. Koram, left, Mr. Fred Alipui and Mr. Sewor – Members of the Management Team of FSDA. One of the Sessions during the Consultative Meeting, Aflao, January 2011. Some of the participants at the Consultative Meeting held at Aflao, in January 2011. Working Group of the Women that made recommendations during the Consultative Meeting, Aflao, January 2011 Working Group of the Youth which made recommendations during the Consultative Meeting, Aflao, January 2011. Some members of the Working Group of Economic Operators at the Consultative Meeting, Aflao, January 2011. Mr. Fred Alipui, Executive Director- FSDA, addressing the workshop at Makavo Hotel, Aflao, Ghana, in January 2011. Working Group Meeting held among the Immigration, Customs and Police Services that operate at the Aflao border.  Working Group made recommendation that formed part of the recommendations of the Consultative Meeting held in January 2011 at Makavo Hotel, Aflao. Group picture taken at the end of Project Workshop Participants at the end of the Consultative Meeting in January 2011 at Makavo Hotel, Aflao, Ghana.  In the front row in cloth is Mama Ayaba II, Queenmother of Adafienu and  on her left is Mr. Fred Alipui, Executive Director, FSDA-Ghana. Mr. Frederick Yao Alipui, Executive Director, FSDA, briefed the media about the aims and objectives of ECOWAS and the purpose of the ECOWAS-EU project “Empowering Women, Youth and Economic Operators to Participate in the Regional Integration Process in West Africa”. Mama Ayaba II, Queenmother of Adafienu addressed Metro TV, granted interview to Metro TV as Chairman of the Project Steering Committee.