Install Graphic News App for the complete article German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (middle), Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah (right) and Mr Friedrich Kitschelt (left), German Secretary of State for Economic Cooperation, jointly cut the tape to inaugurate the Migration Advisory Centre in Accra. INSET: Front view of the Migration Advisory Centre.

Picture: GABRIEL AHIABOR Ghana and Germany have committed to stemming irregular migration to Germany and other parts of Europe, by opening a centre to cater for the needs of returnee migrants and prospective ones. Christened the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration, the facility, among other things, is expected to support returnees with regard to their social and occupation reintegration.

The centre will also provide information and advice on vocational training and employment opportunities in Ghana, as well as information on options and requirements for legal migration to Germany. As the centre positions itself to be the first point of contact for people looking for prospects in Ghana, it is expected to offer support to Ghanaians resident in the country and returnees who need reintegration and counselling on job and educational prospects, training unit for job interviews, application documentation and advise on entrepreneurship.

Ghana’s Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, joined the German President, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeir, and the State Secretary, Dr Friedrich Kitschelt, to cut the ribbon to open the centre. Mr Baffour-Awuah said the facility would be a centre of excellence and would take the co-operation between the two countries to a higher level.

“It will be a centre for Ghanaians who have travelled abroad and will want to come home and seek advice on how best they can take advantage of opportunities locally,” he said. He cited Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng as one of the many Ghanaian returnees who had paid their dues to national development by the establishment of the Cardiothoracic Centre, which the minister described as one of the best on the continent. Read more from…

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