GIZ Ghana Holds Dialogue And Validation Workshop For Migration Stakeholders

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Ghana, through its Programme Migration & Diaspora, has held a week’s multi-stakeholders dialogue workshop to validate the action plans of its partners on the implementation of the National Labour Migration Policy. The workshop was also used to validate a joint Ministry of the Interior – International Organisation for Migration (IOM) commissioned study report for the establishment of the Ghana National Commission on Migration (GNCM), a major recommendation of the National Migration Policy of Ghana, tipped to be a game changer in Ghana’s efforts at leveraging migration for national development.

The multi-stakeholder workshop brought together key state-and non-state participants including Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, National Population Council, Trade Union Congress, Ghana Employers Association, Centre for Migration Studies, IOM Ghana among others, to follow up on a GIZ Ghana supported three-day capacity building and sensitising of the labour migration technical working group held in November 2020.

In her remarks, the Senior National Coordinator for the Programme Migration & Diaspora at GIZ Ghana, Abena Owusua Amponsah-Bio, commended Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations – the lead Ministry – for its leadership in the development of the National Labour Migration Policy and the other stakeholders for their tremendous role played so far in the realisation of the soon-to-be-launched National Labour Policy. She said “GIZ – PMD will continue to engage with you in our collective effort to support the Government of Ghana in the migration governance policy space. We look forward to the kind of collaboration fostered in this event in the many more collaborations to come”. She expressed GIZ Ghana’s resolution to work with all partners on behalf of the German Government.

On her part, the Chief of Mission of the IOM (Ghana, Togo and Benin), Mrs. Abibatou Wane-Fall, pledged the continuous support of the IOM to the Ministry in the development of the policy. She said “good labour migration governance is key in Ghana as well as in the region – and of course worldwide. Ghana is a country of origin, transit, and destination, and faces both the opportunities and challenges with regards to migration”

About Programme Migration & Diaspora

Programme Migration & Diaspora harnesses the positive impact of regular migration and diaspora engagement to push forward socio-economic development, on behalf of the German Government in the partner countries, including Ghana. The Programme’s approach reflects the German Government’s migration policy by leveraging the potential of regular migration and strengthening partners’ capacity to actively shape migration processes. As a global Programme, all related activities take place in accordance with the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as Germany’s Skilled Labour Immigration Act and its National Action Plan for Integration. Programme Migration & Diaspora is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency’s International Placement Services under the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM).

About GIZ

As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party.
Currently, GIZ promotes sustainable development in Ghana via about 50 programmes and projects. Our activities cover currently four priority areas: Economic Development, Agriculture, Governance and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Additionally, our portfolio extends to other areas such as environment, peace and security. Another focus of GIZ’s work is linking business interests with development-policy goals. Most of the programmes and projects we support in Ghana have successfully brought together national and international private companies, the public sector, and civil society groups to collaborate on development initiatives.