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The Free Movement Migration west Africa project Training held at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra- Ghana.

Hon. Ignatius Baffour Awuah who is the (Minister for Employment and Labour Relations )said in his speech that , "the timelines and significance of this training cannot be over emphasized as it seeks to equip participants with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to produce credible, reliable and sustainable labour market and migration data, capable of providing the basic for the formulation of labour market and Labour migration policies at National and regional level".

Again, the support for the Free Movement of persons and Migration in west Africa (FMM West Africa ) project, which is consistent with existing ECOWAS free movement protocols, aims at increasing public and private sector access to boost growth and competitiveness of companies, as we as enhance intra-Africa  talent /labour mobility. Its importance, therefore, cannot be down -played, because of the role it seeks to play in the creation of the platform for providing limitless opportunities for the teeming unemployed across ECOWAS and Africa. I therefore wish to commend the sponsors this project -EU and ECOWAS commission including the implementing partners, IOM, ILO, and ICMPD for committing reasonable resources to facilitate such a laudable initiative".

As a Ministry, we are determined to expand opportunities for job seekers to get decent jobs, hence our policies and initiatives are geared towards facilitating sustainable employment generation, which will turn facilitate economic growth and enhance outcomes. It is in our interest therefore, to encourage, support, participate in and adopt the outcomes of such programmes, as we strive to fulfill our mandate of coordinating employment opportunities in the country,he said".

Mr. Anthony Awotwe, the Head of Employment Information Branch and Focal person Ghana also emphasized that, the availability of skills human resource is critical for socio economic development in any nation. Mobility of skills across borders offers countries with challenges of shortage of talents and skills to fill the gap with excess skills and talents from other countries. Many West Africa countries including Ghana for instance, are faced with significant shortages particularly entrepreneurial and managerial skills,technical and technological skills relevant for firms to operate efficiently and compete efficiently in the global world".

He further said, it is to address this, I believe is one of the reason ,the six pilot countries, Cote d' Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, The Gambia and Mauritania have been brought together for training on the data collection tools on the labour market and labour migration statistics as a means of fast tracking some of the measures already put in place by ECOWAS in the area of migration and free movement of persons across the sub region".

Mr. Hugo Tavares Augusto who is the (DDF project officer) concluded that, "migration has become an increasingly relevant topic in policy -making at the national, regional and global level due, not only but to large extent, to the increased mediatic attention, to the sheer volumes of populations on the move, to the impact these produce in countries or origin, transit and destination but also to a greater focus on the negative and positive aspects of mobility, namely the underlying causes of migration linked to relative poverty, unemployment, conflict, environmental changes, the dangers of irregular or forced migration, the risk of smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons, the pernicious effect on brain drain and brain waste as well as on the positive aspects and the enormous development potential -through skills circulation and transfer, productive application of remittance, migrant investment in origin country".

Source | Kofi Dwumah

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