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Business News of Monday, 20 June 2016

Source: GNA

TUC/GEA develop strategies to enhance employment

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), in partnership with the Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA), has put in place prioritised strategies to be added to the National Employment Policy (NEP) for implementation.

The NEP, launched last year by the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, has not yet been implemented. The country has not seen any significant improvement in the unemployment woes suffered by the country for the past decade.

Mr Joseph Amoah, the Director of Industrial Relations, GEA, was speaking at a media interaction by the GEA/TUC BUSAC Fund Project in Accra.

He said: “Creation of more decent jobs to meet growing demand for employment, improvement on the quality of jobs for the already employed, increasing labour productivity and finally strengthening governance and labour administration are the four key policy objectives that we’ve identified in the NEP and have prioritised key strategies to help in their implementation”.

The strategies, which would be presented to the Ministry soon, is aided by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund project on Entrepreneurship Development in Ghana.

Mr Prince Asafo Adjei, a Researcher at TUC, said the strategies were devised with the thoughts of other stakeholders like tertiary students, graduates and private businesses.

“Second, we have to lay emphasis or encourage the purchase of made-in-Ghana goods. Three, we have to support the private sector to grow. This is because of the huge interest rate on loans, power crises and the cost it incurs etc. The fourth is to promote national apprenticeship and finally provide special assistance to women entrepreneurship,” he said.

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