Nana Inaugurates Social Partnership Council
Members of the Social Partnership Committee taking the oath of secrecy at the inauguration ceremony at the Jubilee House.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, inaugurated
the Social Partnership Council, which represents a partnership for development
between government, Organised Labour and employers, at a brief ceremony at
Jubilee House on Thursday, 30th May, 2019.
It would be recalled that on 18th April,
2019, government, which was represented by the Ministries of Finance and
Employment and Labour Relations, signed a landmark social partnership agreement
with Organised Labour, which was represented by the Trades Union Congress (TUC)
and employers represented by the Ghana Employers’ Association.
The social partnership, which is going to be overseen by
the Council, provides a platform for reaching national consensus on
transformation and development issues.
Speaking at the inauguration, President Akufo-Addo said
that the Social Partnership Council “provides a mechanism for building a sense
of cohesion, trust and self-management through frank and open discussions about
mutual sacrifices and contributions from all stakeholders to champion the cause
of Ghana’s development.”
The President commended Organized Labour and employers
for their willingness to forge a strong partnership with government to
accelerate national development and applauded them warmly for their sense of
In the post-IMF era, he said that the social partnership
would be a key institutional pillar towards realizing his ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’
“After 62 years of independence, Ghana should be in a
position to effectively manage her own affairs. It’s unfortunate that we have
had to run to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 16 times in the past to
bail us out of economic mismanagement,” President Akufo-Addo said.
“I am sure the entire nation agrees with me when I say there should not be a 17th time, and I am determined to do my part to see to that. This social partnership is a very important institutional mechanism to help us achieve this objective,” he added.
The President reiterated that countries that have
successfully transformed their economies and brought prosperity to their
peoples have invariably been anchored on a strong partnership between government,
labour and employers.
“This relationship is aimed at maintaining industrial
peace, promoting productivity growth, engendering national economic
competitiveness and ensuring shared prosperity. This is exactly what we seek to
do in Ghana,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo wished the Council the very best in their work and looked forward to meeting them from time to time to review its progress and exchange ideas.