Ghana inaugurates Phase III of FAIR Programme for Fair Recruitment

Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah (3rd from right) in a group photograph with dignitaries at the event : Ghana News

Mr , the Minister of , has officially inaugurated Phase III of the Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment (FAIR) in Ghana.

The FAIR program, initiated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2015, is dedicated to promoting fair recruitment practices on a global scale.

Supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation and the Italian and International Cooperation, Phase III of the FAIR program focuses on migration corridors, including those from Ghana to the Arab States.

During the inauguration ceremony held in , Mr Baffour Awuah emphasized the importance of this phase in enhancing fair recruitment practices and protecting the rights of migrant workers. He called for active collaboration among all stakeholders to achieve the program's objectives.

The Minister highlighted the four pillars of the Fair Recruitment Initiative strategy, which Phase III aims to address: enhanced global knowledge and policy guidance, improved legal frameworks and enforcement, expanded fair business practices, and enhanced access to information and services.

Mr Baffour Awuah acknowledged the increasing trend of Ghanaians migrating to Arab States in search of employment opportunities.

Despite past efforts by the government to regulate labor migration, challenges persist, requiring innovative strategies for effective resolution.

The FAIR Programme's expected outcomes include heightened awareness and commitment to promoting fair recruitment practices, increased knowledge sharing on labor migration best practices, strengthened partnerships among various stakeholders, policy recommendations for improving recruitment laws and policies, and shared commitment to advancing ethical recruitment in labor migration corridors from Ghana to the Arab States.

The launch of Phase III involved the participation of key institutions, including the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, ILO, Swiss Development Cooperation, (TUC), Ghana Enterprise Association, Labour Department, German Development Cooperation, Ghana Association of Private Employment Agencies, and the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

By Iddi Yire: Editing by Adewale Adejoke 

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