THE Minister of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), Mr Ignatius
Baffour Awuah, on Monday cut the sod for the construction of the Ghanaian-German
Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (GCC) in Accra.
The $ 500,000 project is being funded by the German Federal
Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and implemented by the
Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in collaboration
with the MELR.
When completed the facility is expected to provide advisory
services to migrants, promote regular migration and to support voluntary
returnees in social and economic reintegration.
The centre would also include a conference hall, consultancy
room, administrative block, central court yard, offices and landscaping. The
centre would provide and collect data, information, offer training and
employment opportunities as well as inform government’s decision making.
Mr Awuah said the facility would strengthen the governance
system of labour and migration in the country and provide the needed conducive
environment for the unit to play its regulatory and monitoring role
He said the issue of migration and reintegration could best
be solved when jobs were made available to the populace, saying “that is why we
have job creation at the centre of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).”
The Minister noted that illicit activities of migration
exposes people to abuse and vulnerable situations, hence the need to improve
the living conditions of citizens.
Mr Awuah said the Ghana-German partnership would among other
things, help revamp public employment sectors to facilitate job creation and
coordinate labour migration challenges at the district and national levels.
He appealed to GIZ to help establish more of such facilities
in all regions.
Dr Stefan Oswald, Director General of GIZ, on his part,
assured the Minister of Germany’s commitment to support the country’s
development strategies of fighting unemployment, saying the venture would deepen
the relationship between the two countries.
Touching on some achievements, he said GIZ together with its development partners have delivered about 14,400 people with counselling services, employed 200 people, and supported more than 400 people to start their businesses.
BY ALLIA NOSHIE
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