I bring you warm greetings from the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).
2020 was considered one of the most difficult years in recent history. Lives were lost, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Nigerian economy was and is still staggering. Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones, or had their lives affected negatively, as a result of the hardships faced globally in the year 2020.
It is worthy of note however, that beneath it all were trends that emerged and challenged us to be innovative and to adapt to the “new normal.” Your Institute made the transition to virtual training, moving nearly all her programs online. Despite the challenges with technology in this part of the world, we were able to successfully carry out nine (9) virtual Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Trainings, two (2) virtual Admission to Fellow Courses and over twenty (20) virtual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses, during the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
While adhering to strict social distancing protocols and other precautions put in place by healthcare professionals, we successfully held no less than ten (10) on-site/in-person trainings following the relaxation of the nationwide lockdown. During the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Induction Ceremony, we inducted one hundred and thirty-eight (138) Fellows, ninety-eight (98) members, and five hundred and sixty-one (561) Associate Members.
The pandemic revealed to us that we can and should, use technology to our benefit and proved that we can be miles and oceans apart, yet still be together. The Institute’s first ever African Mediation Conference, Annual General Meeting & Induction Ceremony, which were held virtually, may be considered as one of the Institute’s major highlights of 2020 because we were able to connect with all our members and other ADR practitioners, across the globe.
With 2020 behind us, we look to 2021 with hope, and the determination to stay strong and embrace the challenges and changes that we must now live with.
Your new executive committee has started its work in earnest. We are currently developing a strategic plan of action. We will launch and publish our Five-year strategic plan before the end of the 1st quarter. It is our sincere belief that this will help provide value added leadership, which will take the Institute to even greater heights. Our strategic vision will focus on the following goals/objectives: