MELR BRIDGES TIES WITH WORLD BANK
The Country Director of the World Bank in charge of Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Henry G.R. Kerali and his team have paid their maiden visit to the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah, to discuss issues of Youth Employment and possible framework designs to achieve the set targets and goals for the coming years.
Welcoming the World Bank team, the Hon. Minister said the intervention of the World Bank was timely due to the fact that employment creation is considered as part of the core mandate of the Ministry.
He emphasized that retooling of training institutions in vocational areas could further increase youth employment, adding that even most unemployed graduates could be encouraged to take up skills training and become self-employed.
The Sector Minister also revealed there was governmental provision for untrained youth, with a seed fund set up to be supervised by the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).
He expressed the hope that issues of youth employment which occupied space in national discourse would be properly addressed for national development.
In response, the World Bank Country Director said his office has put in place some interventions to continue support for the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).
Mr. Kerali further announced that the proposed interventions for 2017 include among others the component of Livelihood Support.
He noted that the need to establish the Ghana Labour Market Information System (GLMIS) was founded on the grounds that there is the need for Labour information when it comes to a nation getting results. Data available on jobs also appeared deficient, making it very relevant to establish such a system.
The World Bank team also outlined some ongoing projects in the country. Mr. Kerali revealed that currently the World Bank is executing education and skills projects. He suggested that it would be useful to put in place structures to strengthen the vocational Institutes of the Labour Sector.
According to Mr. Kerali, the Bank would also be working closely with the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) within the framework of the Ministry, particularly on jobs creation to help the youth get access to decent jobs, among others.