ILO and Ghana launch STRENGTHEN

ILO launches STRENGTHEN - “Strengthening the Impact on Employment of Sector and Trade Policies” (STRENGTHEN) in Eastern Ghana.

News | 12 October 2016
ACCRA (ILO News) - ILO with the financial support of the European Union implements STRENGHTEN Strengthening the Impact on Employment of Sector and Trade Policies) in Ghana.  

The project aims to strengthen the employment dimension in sectoral and trade policies and programmes with better analysis, more coherent policy-making, and enhanced implementation to encourage employment creation and upgrading. The specific objectives of the project in Ghana are: 
  1. To develop global knowledge on how to strengthen the positive impact on employment of sectoral and trade policies, including in the areas of agriculture and rural development, infrastructure and energy with a focus on private sector development in these sectors as well as on existing and relevant methods for the employment impact assessment of those policies in selected sectors.
  2. To strengthen country-level knowledge on the impact of sectoral and trade policies on productive and decent employment and on measures to optimize the employment effects of selected sectoral and trade policies and related issues such as structural transformation, labour standards, and skills development.
  3. To build the capabilities of governments, social partners, development practitioners, and other relevant stakeholders in partner countries to identify, measure and assess the employment effects of sectoral and trade policies.
  4. To generate and improve knowledge on both the positive and negative impacts of international trade on productive and decent employment in Ghana.
ILO implements STRENGTHEN in close collaboration with Ghana Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR), the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), the social partners as well as other national project stakeholders.

The project launching drew high level participation from ILO social partners, key line ministries, academia, think tanks and development partners. Notable among the dignitaries were His Excellency the EU Ambassador, Mr William Hanna who gave the keynote address; the UN Resident Coordinator, Mrs Christine Evans Klock; The head of Cooperation for the Embassy of Switzerland in Ghana, Mr Daniel Lachenuaer; Mr Dennis Zulu, the ILO Director for Anglophone West Africa and Liaison for ECOWAS; Dr Nii Moi Thompson, the Director General for the National Development and Planning Commission.

As part of the activities, a 15-member committee comprising the Social partners, International Trade Chambers and Academia in Ghana was commissioned. Representing ILO in the meeting were  David Cheong; Maikel Lieuw-Kie Song and the National Project Manager Akua Ofori-Asumadu.

The project started in 2014 and runs until 2018. It is implemented by the Development and Investment Branch (DEVINVEST) of ILO’s Employment Policy Department in close collaboration with other relevant ILO units, the ILO-ITC , and the ILO regional and country offices responsible for the partner countries.