Launch of the Trade for Decent Work Project- Ghana

The Ghana project aims at improving the application of the ILO Fundamental Conventions as well as compliance with reporting obligations to the ILO supervisory bodies, in particular regarding child labour and the worst forms of child labour, in sectors with high incidence such as the cocoa sector, and related conventions contributing to decent work in those sectors and connected activities in the local and global value chains such as all services and transport.

The event is the official launch of the project with tripartite partners and stakeholder in Ghana.

“After more than 20 years of strenuous efforts to end child labour, it continues to persist and is endemic in many communities, especially deprived ones. Indeed, gaps remain in adopting and enforcing legislation on child labour and trafficking in persons. While the National Steering Committee of the Child Labour Unit (CLU) drew up a list of hazardous types of work under the Hazardous Child Labour Activity Framework, entitled the Ghana Hazardous Child Labour List (GHAHCL), this has never been officially endorsed, nor yet been adopted as law.

It is within this context  that the EU and the ILO with their tripartite partners are embarking on the Trade for Decent Work (T4DW) Project aimed at ensuring that International Labour Standards are adhered to, that child labour and forced labour are eliminated and that Multinational Enterprises uphold due diligence in supporting these efforts.

All these issues have become more important as the current Covid-19 crisis puts more pressure on families and societies through reduced income and sudden unemployment. In order to address these requests, the T4DW project T4DW, based on the activities identified with the Ministry of Labour and Employment and Labour Relations has been formulated. The T4DW project in Ghana is part of a larger global project aimed at improving the application of the fundamental ILO Conventions in countries that are trade partners of the European Union, and includes the promotion of the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration).

“We are pleased to support that Ghana is a so-called “Pathfinder country” and has committed to go further and faster to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Target 8.7, namely to end child labour, forced, labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and is engaged in the ongoing Sustainable Cocoa Talks. We congratulate the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, The Employers’ and Workers’ organizations who are also committed as regards the elimination of child labour and its worst forms in Ghana
For more information, please contact:
Akua Ofori-Asumadu, ILO Ghana, +233 24 4313122,
Siska Dubert, ILO Dakar,  
Marta Brignone, EU Delegation, Accra,