Ten (10 ) out of thirteen (13) Heads of Department and Agencies under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) have received  training  at  a two – day round table workshop on Sector Performance  Management at the La Villa Hotel in Osu, Accra.

The Department and Agencies  who participated in the workshop are the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC), the Labour Department (LD), the Department of Factories Inspectorates (DFI), the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI)  on day one , and the Department of Cooperatives(DOC), the National Vocational and Technical Institute (NVTI), the Ghana Cooperative Council (GCC), the Ghana Cooperative College (GCC), the Opportunity Industrialization Centre, Ghana,(OIC,G), and the Integrated Community  Centre for Employable  Skills(ICCES) on day two .

The workshop, which was held in two sessions commenced with the Labour Administration institutions taking their first turn on Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019 and the Skills Development institutions ending it on Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019.

This round table workshop is the third batch of a series of planned outlined training programmes being carried out for management and staff of the Labour Sector Ministry. It is aimed at strengthening capacities at the Ministry’s leadership for effective and efficient service delivery and also an attempt to restructure the entire Sector Ministry.

The initiative is being funded by the European Union (EU) with a total budget of EUR 31.6 Million. It also forms part of EU sponsored Project which belongs to the Employment Component of the Ghana Employment and Social Protection Programme (GESP).

The GESP is expected to contribute to inclusive growth in Ghana by strengthening social protection and employment systems in the country and also provide effective management of the National Employment Policy Priorities, strengthen Labour Department at national , regional and local levels including the Public Employment Centers(PECs) as well as enhancing  linkages and cooperation with relevant stakeholders in the areas of social protection, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and business and cooperative development.

Hon. Bright Wireko Brobby, the Deputy Minister for the Sector, who graced the workshop in his opening remarks, lauded the efforts of the European Union’s Technical Assistance Team currently resident with the Ministry for providing support to the MELR to organize the programme.

The Hon. Deputy Minister pointed out that for the last 2 years, the lack of availability of funds is one challenge that has prevented the Ministry from holding such a round table workshop for its head of Departments and Agencies.

He therefore urged the department and agency heads to take advantage of the training programme and come out with realistic targets irrespective of the limited budget allocation given the Ministry for the year, 2019.

The Deputy Minister further called on the EU team to extend the training exercise in the area of capacity building to the newly recruits posted to the Ministry so they can get themselves abreast with what the Ministry does.

Mr. Rudolph Kuzeegh, the Acting Chief Director, stated that the Sector Performance Management workshop at the beginning of the year is the best occasion to enable the Ministry review performance for the previous year, look at the success stories and challenges and be able to re-prioritize to make a desired impact for 2019.

While the Deputy Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME), Mr. Ernest Berko, presented on Medium Term Expenditure Frame work, and Programme – Based Budgeting System, the EU Assistance Technical Team led by Dr. Daryoush Farsimadan took the heads on the topic Essentials of a Robust Performance Management System Sector Priorities. The Sector heads also had opportunity to present on their Focus Areas, key indicators and targets for the year 2018 and 2019 respectfully. Madam Emma Ofori- Akgyemang, the Director, and PPME facilitated the workshop.

At the end of the two day workshop, the EU Team reiterated the need for heads to make their targets very SMART to help make the desired impact even if it means carrying out one activity for the year under review.



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