Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Ghana: Foreign relations news

Representatives from the government, the Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC) and the Ghana Employers Association, who are currently attending the 100th Session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, have been elected to serve on the organisation's governing board. Ghana will be represented by Minister for Employment and Social Welfare E. T. Mensah, GTUC Secretary Kofi Asamoah and president of the Ghana Employers Association Terry Darko.

It is unusual for three parties from any single country to be elected simultaneously to the board. Commentators attributed Ghana's performance to efforts made towards improving working conditions for Ghanaians in recent years, including efforts to abolish child labour.

E. T. Mensah told the conference “social justice cannot be achieved if the world continues to develop in a manner that consciously leaves the developing world behind”. While commending the ILO for its commitment to the developing world, he urged the international body to step up its advocacy role to promote fair and balanced international trade and support Africa's efforts to develop and transform its vulnerable economies.

For more news and expert analysis about Ghana, please see Ghana Politics & Security.

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