JICA PAYS COURTESY CALL ON EMPLOYMENT MINISTRY.
A delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) headquarters in Tokyo, has paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, on 30th July, 2019.
The delegation included; Mr. Tomoko Shiroki-Managing Director, Akira Kondo-Child Right Development, Joshua Kobayashi-Dir. Industrial Development, Kyohei Miyosi-Deputy Director, Taro Kakehashi -Assistant Director, Human Development and Sylvester Bayowo.
The courtesy call was a follow up to earlier discussions to enable JICA understand the current situation surrounding Child Labour in the cocoa industry of Ghana. It was also to foster cooperation and deepen collaboration between the two (2) countries.
During deliberations with the Hon. Minister and Management of the Ministry, Mr. Yosuke Kobayashi, the leader of JICA delegation, revealed that the issue of Child Labour is a new area for the Agency of JICA to venture into. He added that because it is a new field they are venturing, there was the need to understand the policies and measures the Government of Ghana has put in place since Ghana ratified International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 138 to curb the menace.
He however expressed their willingness to participate in and sponsor the One-Day co-creation workshop for the Elimination of Child Labour in the cocoa growing areas in Ghana. He added that JICA intends to carry out series of outreach activities to support the Government of Ghana.
The Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Baffour Awuah, welcomed the team and expressed his gratitude to them for taking keen interest in child labour issues.
The Hon. Minister said their commitment to even sponsor the programme shows their readiness to partner with the Government of Ghana to resolve Child Labour issues in the cocoa growing areas.
He also lamented how inappropriate it was for children to suffer Child Labour in their tender ages, adding that industry players are beginning to appreciate Child Labour as a Human Rights problem which needs to be addressed with all urgency.
The Hon. Minister said that because Government has a lot of issues to handle, funding for Child Labour and related issues always poses a problem. He however indicated that with the support of JICA and other partners in the supply chain, conscious efforts will be made by all and sundry to eradicate the issues of child labour.