Conflict Analysis Training Heats Up.. As South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia Share Notes

A week long Conflict Analysis, Gender and Political Economy Training got underway in Monrovia recently with experts from various fragile countries in attendance.

Delivering the keynote addressed at the opening ceremony Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Sylvester Grisby outlined the gains and achievements since the country graduated from a prolong civil war.

Minister Grisby said with enormous efforts being made the Government of Liberia(GOL) Liberia could made move out of the number of fragile states in the world by following the example of East Timor.

Minister Grisby said amidst the number of reforms and proper policies that the GOL is pursuing couple with genuine and prudent financial management Liberia could leave the fragile state in the not too distance future.

He told participants at the training that the government is also making effort aimed at ensuring the economy viability of the citizenry by securing a number investment which total a little over US$15 billion and as soon these investments get to fruition unemployment will be significantly dealt with.

He encouraged the participants to take the training serious as it enlighten them on the mechanism of conflict analysis, especially when it comes to gender and Political Economy management.

In a special statement at the opening of the training, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Ambassador H. Oluwatoyin Solaja commended International Alert for developing the training course on conflict analysis, gender and political economy, for the AU Liason offices in Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan, including other actors from different agencies and civil society groupings.

The AU Representative statement which was read on his behalf by Lt. Col. Hesty Simaanya further lauded the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency(SIDA) for supporting and funding the training program.

Statement of good wishes and commitment came from the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia read by Gisela Strand While Dr. Lulsegged Abebe Senior Advisor of the AU, and International Alert admonished participants to take the training serious in a bid to bring some remedy to conflict analysis.

The training which end this Saturday in Monrovia brought together participants from Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Liberia. The training was held under the aegis of International Alert, African Union, and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).