Mr Stephen Amoanor Kwao, Minister of Employment & Social Welfare
A draft policy document on labour migration has been formulated by the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, to develop a comprehensive migration management approach to promoting legal migration.
Stephen Amoanor Kwao, the sector minister, who announced this in Accra last Thursday, said the document was produced by an inter-ministerial working group on labour migration.
He made this known when the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) presented IT equipment and furniture valued at GH¢17,189 to the Labour Department of the ministry.
The items, which included desktop computers, fax machine, wooden cabinets, printers and a photocopier, are to assist the ministry to establish a Labour Migration Unit that will manage a database for candidate migrant workers.
Mr Kwao expressed his appreciation to the European Commission, the Italian government and the IOM and assured them of the ministry’s commitment to maintain the items and put them to good use.
He defined labour migration as a natural response to the underlying demographic and economic differentials between countries worldwide which he said was one of the most outstanding issues taking centre stage in the development agenda of countries.
Mr Jo Rispoli, acting Chief of Mission of the IOM, said the organisation was committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefited migrants and society.
He stressed that the organisation sought to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants and encourage social and economic development through migration development.
Arnold Minstin, a representative of the Italian Ambassador to Ghana, said technical assistance and training on how to establish and maintain a database containing the profiles of candidate migrant workers would be provided by the Italian Ministry of Labour through series of workshops to be held in Accra to support the Department of Labour.
He explained that the database creation and management, the selection and the profiling, would be done according to a standard format that was compatible with the existing Italian IT system.
Mr Kurt Cornelis, the acting head of the delegation of the European Commission in Ghana, said the commission was happy for the presentation made by IOM to the Labour Department to facilitate the movement of labour from Ghana to other countries in an organised manner to the benefit of Ghana and prospective labour migrants.