German Development Cooperation in Ghana together with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relation together have launched a capacity-building project for the Labour Department in Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.
German Development Cooperation in Ghana in cooperation with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, officially launched their project “Capacity Building for the Labour Department on Migration and Employment Promotion in Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions”.
The project is set to enhance employment promotion, migration counselling and reintegration support services provided by Public Employment Centres in the three regions.
The official launch and stakeholder engagement workshop was attended by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah; the Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu Banahene; the Ahafo Regional Minister, Hon. George Yaw Boakye; the Head of German Cooperation, Ms Dorothee Dinkelaker and the GIZ Country Director, Ms Regina Bauerochse Barbosa as well as other pertinent stakeholders.
The event served to present the project to the public and bring together actors from the educational, private, administrative, civil society, media and academic sectors to engage and forge alliances to tackle unemployment challenges jointly.
The project is funded by the German Government with an overall budget of 3 million euros.
The main goal of this joint project is to support and equip the Regional Labour Offices and Public Employment Centres (PECs) of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions to become well-equipped, sustainable, and effectively operation units that can provide advisory services, counselling, career guidance and as well as implement active labour market interventions for the local population, potential (labour) migrants and returning migrants.
In delivering the keynote address, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah charged the youth of Bono, Bono East and Ahafo to seize the opportunity being provided by the project and encouraged them to venture into entrepreneurship thereby creating their own businesses and realizing their unique ideas.
In his words, “the Bono project is of utmost importance because it will create an opportunity for returning migrants to access local opportunities for reintegration and further strengthen the region for the implementation of interventions relating to labour migration and employment promotion.”
He said that the government was aware of the vast opportunities that exist for jobs, skills transfers, and revenue mobilisation for the country.
The Head of the German Cooperation, Ms Dorothee Dinkelaker mentioned that job creation and employment promotion, particularly for the youth was at the core of German-Ghanaian cooperation and deemed the broad engagement of stakeholders as an essential prerequisite.
On her part, the GIZ Ghana Country Director, Ms Regina Bauerochse Barbosa noted that to address the root cause of irregular migration, it was key to address job creation and employment promotion challenges.
She reiterated that to this end GIZ has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, in the course of which 60,000 employment promotion measures have already been provided.
The Bono Regional Minister, Hon Justina Owusu-Banahene also highlighted the common communal challenge of irregular migration in the erstwhile Brong Ahafo Region and emphasized her keenness to readily discuss and strategize in a bid to tackle the common plight.
She further pledged her unwavering support for the project.
The second day of the event saw reports and studies presented on an evaluation of the labour market and stakeholder situation in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions as well as on the public perception of the Labour Department.
These studies will serve as a crucial contribution to an informed discussion on capacitating the employment promotion structures in the regions and identifying relevant priorities.
The workshop proved that there was great potential in the stakeholder and partner system in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions which can be tapped into to create jobs and economic prospects for the youth. The official launch and stakeholder engagement infused novel perspectives and active partnerships into this system.