GHANAIAN –GERMAN CENTRE LAUNCHES OPERATIONS FOR JOBS, MIGRATION AND REINTEGRATION
On Tuesday 12th November, 2019, the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Christoph Retzlaff together launched operations of the Ghanaian -German Center (GGC) for Jobs, Migration and Re- Integration in Accra.
The new office of GCC is located on the Starlets 91 road behind the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Ignatius Baffuor Awuah said the collaborative initiative is part of Government’s efforts to fight against the high rate of unemployment in the country, strengthen the decent job creation agenda of the Government of Ghana and also help minimize the issue of migration through unsafe pathways. It would also serve as the first point of contact for both departing and returning Ghanaian migrants in search of jobs and businesses, he added.
GGC will offer individual counselling and training for returnees who need support with their social and occupational reintegration, as well as Ghanaians in search of vocational training and employment opportunities in Ghana.
The services of the center include among others, job placement trainings, job search assistance and business startup support. It would further serve as data collection and research Centre to inform government decision -making on unemployment issues as well as act as a counselling and training Centre for individuals, advice on migration issues and reintegration supports.
The center would also help revamp some Public Employment Centers to facilitate job creation and coordinate labour migration challenges.
Additionally, the GGC would present unique opportunities and access to the broad networks of the German Cooperation and other partnering organizations.
Hon. Awuah was convinced that the operation of GGC would help provide Jobs and create employment opportunities for the youth in Ghana to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians.
Mr. Christoph Retzlaff, on his part, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Ministry and said but for the solid partnership between the two countries, the project could not have been finished on time.
The German Ambassador reiterated that the common interest of both countries is geared toward promoting employment in Ghana, supporting the youth and also to shape the future of both Ghanaians home and abroad as well as help migrants reintegrate into the Ghanaian society.
The GGC made a presentation of office equipment such as laptops, desktops, printers, photocopiers, projectors to the Ministry to support the operationalization of the Ghana Labour Market Information System (GLMIS). The GLMIS is a system being manned by the Labour Department under the Ministry and it is aimed at providing data on job seekers as well as employment opportunities available. The System will match/link job seekers to job opportunities available.