The Employment Sector Working Group (ESWG) which was designed to engender collaboration and inter-sectorial linkages in the comprehensive approach, to provide a bird eye view on employment has been reactivated.

This was announced by the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah when the ESWG held its maiden meeting at the World Bank Office in Accra on Tuesday, 20th March, 2018.

Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah said that the Employment Sector Working Group is key to facilitate discussions on issues affecting the employment sector and collectively formulate common but workable ideas together with partners.

According to him, the Terms of Reference for the Working Group is to among others, support the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) address existing labour and employment issues in line with global trends, support the Ministry in sector design and implementation of sector programmes and projects and also support in the coordination of decent job creation.   

In his opening statement, the Acting Chief Director and Director of Finance and Administration of the Ministry, Mr Rudolf Kuzeegh revealed that the Employment Sector Working Group was created by management of the MELR to bring together all relevant stakeholders, including Development Partners. The purpose of the meeting was to kick-start a dialogue among the stakeholders and bridge the seeming disconnect between implementing partners with the Ministry as the coordinator of the employment sector of this country.

In her remarks as a co-chair of the working group, Christabel Dadzie with the World Bank mentioned that the group should pull together on information as to what the Development Partners are doing in order to push it out. She added that the World Bank will continue to support the MELR as the coordinator on all things pertaining to employment.

Akua Ofori, another co-chair with the International Labour Organisation outlined a few things for the attention of the Minister. She said the Ministry should have a focus and co-ordinate with others concerning issues of employment. She added that the Ministry should have a clear agenda and clear output on everything employment.

In his closing remarks, the Hon. Minister for Employment and Labour Relations expressed his dissatisfaction on the state of the Ghana Labour Market Information System (GLMIS). He was however optimistic that the GLMIS would become operational before the next meeting. He also urged the Development Partners to continue supporting the Ministry in addressing employment issues.


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