The Government of Ghana is set to launch a new labour market database as part of its new 2013-2016 Labour Department Strategic Plan.
The database and plan were both facilitated by the IOM mission in Ghana as part of a project: “Best Practices on Collecting and Sharing Labour Migration Data for the Improvement of the Labour Market Information Systems (LMISs)” co-funded by the European Commission and IOM Development Fund.
“You can’t talk about the labour market in Ghana without talking about migration” says Kojo Wilmot, IOM LMIS Focal Point. “There are consistently large numbers of cross-border and internal migrants seeking employment in Ghana, while there are other skilled Ghanaians looking for opportunities abroad,” he notes.
Over the past three years, Ghanaian officials and key stakeholders have participated in a series of IOM-led capacity-building workshops, trainings and knowledge exchange events under the LMIS project.
The aim was to support the effective management of labour migration information, create greater mobility and enhance the positive effect of migration on economic development.
Now when a job seeker arrives at a Ghanaian Public Employment Centre, the information input into the system will generate reliable data to better inform policy makers, as well as facilitate job matching.
The Ghana Labour Department has also prepared a four-year strategic plan to ensure that it develops the institutional capabilities required to fulfil its legal mandate, in support of the wider employment and labour relations policies of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
Source: International Office of Migration (IOM) – Press Release – 9 April 2013