Ghana: The Economic Community of West African States’ Labour ministers considered and adopted a plan to curb child and forced labour in the region
ECOWAS Labour Ministers Adopt Regional Action Plan On The Elimination Of Child And Forced Labour’ 10 March 2023
The ECOWAS Ministers in Charge of Labour and Employment Relations’ hybrid meeting chaired by the Honourable Minister of Public Administration, Employment, Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, H.E Mr Cirilo Djalo was held on the 3rd of March 2023. The objective of the meeting was for the Honourable Ministers to consider and adopt the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour (2021– 2030), and to approve ECOWAS Commission’s request of the extension of the implementation period of the ECOWAS Decent Work Regional Programme (EDWRP) to 2026.
…The Hon. Minister of Public Administration, Employment, Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, H.E. Mr Cirilo Djalo, in his keynote address, emphasized that available data indicates that the lives and development of millions of children in West Africa continue to be at risk as nearly one in four children in Sub-Saharan Africa is exposed to child labour. The Hon. Minister, while highlighting the key progress so far made by the Republic of Guinea Bissau in promoting and protecting the rights of the child through a number of legal and policy instruments, expressed optimism that the five priority areas outlined in the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour (2021– 2030) are achievable because they are aligned to the goals of the SDGs and the AU Agenda 2063, to which all ECOWAS Member states are already committed to implementing.
Other key speakers at the meeting included the Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) responsible for Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and ECOWAS liaison, Ms. Vanessa Phala and the President of the Federation of Organizations of Employers in West Africa (FOPAO) represented by the Executive Secretary, Mr Ousseine Diallo.