UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report 2013 Launched in Accra

Accra – Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr. Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere, says Ghana recognises job creation as central to economic growth and as such has put in place national policy measures such as the Ghana infrastructure Fund and the National Employment policy to ensure the creation of employment opportunities for its people. He said economic growth without employment could be detrimental to the development of any country. The Deputy Minister was speaking at the launch of the UNCTAD Least Developed Countries (LDCs) report 2013 in Accra.

Deputy Minister Boasiako-Sekyere launching the LDCs report 2013

Mr. Boasiako-Sekyere launching the LDCs report 2013

The event, which was orgainsed by UNIC Accra, was attended by representative of the diplomatic community, public sector institutions, CSOs, ILO and the media.

Mr. Boasiako-Sekyere welcomed the report, titled: ‘Growth with employment for inclusive and sustainable development’, adding that “Job creation is topical the world over and that the report will no doubt add on to existing knowledge for decent job creation”. He said following the directions provided in the report will certainly go a long way for creating employment not only for LDCs but for countries like Ghana.

The highlights of the report were presented by Ambassador Kwabena Baah-Duodu, a former Advisor to the UNCTAD Secretary-General.

Mr Mcclelland (L) Dep Minister (Middle) Amb Baah-Duodu (R)

Mr Mcclelland (L) Mr. Boasiako-Sekyere (Middle) Amb Baah-Duodu (R)

The report highlights the need for the creation of quality jobs through the development of productive capacities for the young population in LDCs.  It further advises that macroeconomic, industrial, rural and infrastructure policies should be geared to employment generation and development of productive capacities.

In a brief message, the Head of ILO in Ghana, Mr. Stephen Mcclelland, noted that the ILO works with partners to set international standards in the world of work and is pleased that the report places emphasis on employment for economic growth this year.

The UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report is a United Nations (UN) annual report that provides a comprehensive and authoritative source of socio-economic analysis and data on the world´s most impoverished countries.

For more information on the LDCs report, visit http://unctad.org/en/Pages/Publications/TheLeastDevelopedCountriesReport.aspx