Accra, April 23, 2015 – A two-day job summit dubbed ‘inclusive growth through creation
of productive employment and decent work’ has been held in Accra. The goal of the summit is to adopt a sustainable employment strategy for the nation that will guarantee employability of the youth. In attendance were representatives of the Trade Union Congress, Ghana Employers Association, representatives of the diplomatic community and Government Ministers. The event was attended by the Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Hon.
Harruna Iddrisu and the President of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama.
In an effort to address the alarming spate of graduate unemployment in the country, Ghana, for the first time, through a National Employment Policy, proposes an all-inclusive strategy for all sectors with the private sector leading the drive to provide decent work for the Ghanaian youth. The policy is expected “…to create gainful and decent employment opportunities for the growing labour force to
improve their living conditions and contribute to economic growth and national development within the framework of equity, fairness, security and dignity”. The policy was launched at the summit by President Mahama. In his address, the President stressed on the need for home-grown solutions to create a skilled workforce equipped to compete globally, adding that as a nation inching towards the goal of becoming more industrialized, Ghana requires a workforce capable of providing an efficient public transport system, affordable and safe housing, reliable water and energy supply as well as maintain our roads and railways. He quipped that the social and economic costs of unemployment are far more devastating which “is why we are refocusing our educational policy to centre on skills acquisition”.
The Director General of ILO, Guy Ryder congratulated Ghana on the launch adding that the ILO throws its weight behind the policy and is determined to support the nation implement this policy. Stressing the need for an action plan for the policy, Mr. Ryder noted that “…it is not so much of what is said today but what is done tomorrow…” that matters. He lauded the President’s agenda for national development which leans heavily on job creation, adding that the long-term growth of the economy depends largely on the productivity of the labour force.