Manifesto – Job Creation
The Economic Transformation and Livelihood Empowerment Programme (ETLEP)
Having stabilized the economy by reducing the budget deficit to single digit, stabilizing the exchange rate, and also GDP growth projected to be above 8% in 2017, the next NDC Government will implement the Economic Transformation and Livelihood Empowerment Programme (ETLEP) with the view to creating more employment opportunities particularly for the youth, enhancing incomes, growing the economy and ensuring socioeconomic transformation.
Our employment initiative will focus on the attainment of social inclusion and integration of young people into the world of work. Specific challenges to be addressed include labour market barriers, job matching problems, lack of labour market information, as well as inadequate technical, soft and life skills.
A combination of private and public initiatives will continue to be deployed and enhanced to facilitate massive job creation for the youth. It shall include among others:
- Infrastructure/Labour Intensive works – Following the formal launch of the Labour- Intensive Public Works policy, the NDC Government will employ over 300,000 unskilled people in public works;
- ICT Jobs – Following the establishment of the Business Process Out-Sourcing (BPO) Centre near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange and completion of the Advance Building at the Tema ICT park, we will continue to create more ‘digital jobs’ for the ‘digital youth’ through a comprehensive ICT training programme for the youth;
- Sugar Estates – With the establishment of the Komenda Sugar Factory and further development of sugar plantations and irrigation facilities in other parts of the country, we will upscale the production of sugar from 7,000mt to 20,000mt to create 20,000 additional jobs and situate Ghana as a net exporter of sugar;
- Redevelopment of the textile Industry – We will take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to revamp the textile industry which, hitherto, employed over 45,000 persons;
- Building the right skills for the Youth – We will re-establish Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as an enviable profession;
- Youth Entrepreneurship –We will provide business advisory services to young entrepreneurs (e.g mentoring, business development services and/or business formalisation) and ensure access to microfinance;
- Youth In Agriculture – A number of concepts have been developed to address and encourage the youth to identify economic potential in the agricultural space in Ghana. We will continue to provide training in agricultural production, entrepreneurial skills development (business excellence), supervision and monitoring for youth in agriculture.
We intend to:
- Create jobs through promoting entrepreneurship and direct job programmes;
- Introduce programmes to address labour supply and to increase productivity and employability of the youth;
- Establish a Human Resource Database for Ghana;
- Expand the scope of the Local Content Act to cover other sectors of the economy, such as construction and mining;
- Establish Employment Service Providers in all MMDAs and set job outcome targets for these service providers;
- Establish a Labour Market Information System;
- Rebrand the Labour Department to become a National Employment Center to hold a database of Ghanaians and their qualifications and skills sets. Employers will be offered incentives to recruit from this database;
- Expand the YEA job creation opportunities from 100,000 to 400,000;
- Promote occupational health and safety standards in the work environment;
- Support a growing private sector to complement the job creation efforts of Government;
- Increase employment in the agriculture sector through agriculture modernization, as well as improvement and expansion in the agro-industry with a focus on irrigation infrastructure;
- Continue to encourage able and willing youth to enter into cocoa farming and provide them with effective extension services support, seedlings and fertilizer;
- Provide thousands of jobs through the supply of over 30 million improved, early-maturing and high-yielding coffee seedlings to farmers, and increase the total acreage of coffee farms from an estimated 6,000 hectares to 100,000 hectares by 2021;
- Create 76,000 direct and indirect jobs resulting from the establishment of a Shrimp Project to promote processing and production for the Ghanaian market and for export;
- Production of fingerlings – laboratories, fish feed factories, production ponds, processing and marketing facilities will be located in parts of the Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern Regions. Production is estimated to be 30,000 metric tonnes and projected export revenue ranges between US$60 million and US$200 million;
- Trigger massive investments in textiles, garments, leather goods and other light manufacturing industries to take advantage of AGOA and growing ECOWAS market;
- Continue to rely on Ghanaian professionals (local and foreign) for internship and placement programmes in the petroleum and other sectors;
- Regularize and transform artisanal mining operations into legitimate small-scale mining activities in demarcated areas to create employment.
Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC)
We will strengthen and expand the operations of MASLOC to create over three hundred thousand (300,000) jobs by continuing the implementation of the following:
- Improve poultry production by making disbursements to poultry farmers to produce over 200,000 birds in selected regions;
- Increase fish production by continuing to supply thousands of outboard motors to fishermen;
- Disburse funds to over 200,000 microcredit/group clients to support diverse economic activities including food marketing, food-crop farming and micro enterprises;
- Disburse funds to over 15,000 small loan clients engaged in micro, small and medium scale enterprises;
- Distribute vehicles to be used for taxis and tricycles to be used as intermediate means of transport;
- Disburse funds to youth in other micro and small scale enterprises.
Small Business Enterprises
- Continue to support young people under the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) Fund to establish and grow their own businesses. To this end GHC100 million will be allocated to YES over the next four years;
- Create an enabling climate for digital entrepreneurship;
- Support the Kumasi Business Incubator Project (KBIP at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to identify more young talents especially students and graduates who have ICT-enabled innovative ideas to establish their own businesses and nurture them, and also support other public Universities to establish similar incubators;
- Operationalize the Young Changers Business Forum (YCBF) targeted at Senior High School and University students to build their capacities on how to start and manage a business;
- Fully implement the Graduate Enterprise Development Initiative (GEDI);
- Train young people under the Rural Entrepreneurship Activation Programme (REAP) to stimulate rural enterprise development.
Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA)
SADA’s mandate covers the accelerated development of the Northern Region, Upper East Region, Upper West Region, part of northern Brong Ahafo Region and part of northern Volta Region.
The following initiatives already rolled out by SADA will be continued to support the creation of more jobs:
- Construction of irrigation facilities to irrigate up to 50,000 hectares of land particularly at Nasia-Nabogo, Pwalugu, Bui, Fumbisi Valley, Tamne and Daka Valley for the cultivation of rice, bananas, cashew nuts, vegetables, soya and maize, among others;
- Harnessing water from the White and Black Volta and from other water bodies for transport, irrigation and aqua culture;
- Launching the Northern Savannah Agricultural Transformation Programme (NSATP), to leverage the mobilization of about US$1 billion to invest in the transformation of agriculture and agribusiness in the Northern Savannah ecological zone;
- Construction of an inland port and a harbor city at Buipe;
- Re-modelling Tamale to become a multi-modal international transport hub;
- Initiating work on the construction of at least three medium-sized dams at Juale, Jambito and Pwalugu as sources of energy for facilitating industrial clusters;
- Facilitating the setting up of solar energy farms and the establishment of waste-to-energy plants (bioenergy) in at least three urban towns, including the Tamale metropolis;
- Greening the Savannah to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change by working with traditional leaders, academia and the private sector to facilitate the planting of 500 million trees as wood lots and as protection for the Volta River Basin.
Western Corridor Development Authority (WeCDA)
WeCDA’s mandate will cover the accelerated development of the Central and Western Regions in areas where the two regions have comparative advantage with a special focus on the creation of sustainable jobs.
Eastern Corridor Development Authority (ECDA)
ECDA’s mandate will cover the Volta Region and Eastern Region excluding the Afram Plains. It will fast-track the rapid economic transformation and development of these regions for sustainable job creation.
Forest Belt Development Authority (FoBDA)
FoBDA’s mandate will cover the Ashanti Region, Brong Ahafo Region and the Afram Plains. It will maximize the potential of the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regions and exploit the huge and extensive fertile plains in the Eastern Region to produce grains and create jobs.
Coastal Plains Development Authority (CoPDA)
CoPDA’s mandate will cover the capital city Greater Accra and its environs including Ada, Ningo and Prampram.
Industrial Cities Rejuvenation Projects
The NDC Government’s programme for the redevelopment of the city of Tema and the development of industrial parks and free zones in Tema and Sekondi-Takoradi will provide further opportunities for employment for the youth.
The implementation of the fifteen-year Tourism Development Plan as a major pillar of Ghana’s economy will promote the creation of sustainable jobs especially under the eco-tourism, culture tourism, health tourism and heritage tourism programmes.
The implementation of the Marine Drive Project in Accra will also generate thousands of jobs.
Roads, Bridges and Flyovers
Work on the Kasoa Interchange, the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, alongside the construction of roads and bridges across the country, has the benefit of creating sustainable jobs for various grades of professionals, semi-skilled and unskilled labour.
We will continue to use the labour intensive strategy for the construction and rehabilitation of certain categories of roads.
Mentorship, Apprenticeship and Training
To promote mentorship, training placements will be expanded for brilliant fresh graduates who have completed national service and have not yet obtained employment.
Apprentices and interns will be trained in targeted demand-driven skill trades.