The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 30th May, 2019, inaugurated the Social Partnership Council, which represents a partnership for development between Government, Organised Labour, and Employers, at a brief ceremony at Jubilee House.

It will be recalled that on 18th April, 2019, Government signed a landmark social partnership agreement with Organised Labour, represented by the Trades Union Congress, Employers, represented by the Ghana Employers’ Association, and Government, represented by the Ministries of Finance and Employment and Labour Relations.

The social partnership, which is going to be overseen by this Council, provides a platform for reaching national consensus on transformation and development issues.

Swearing of Oath by members of the Social Partnership Council

Speaking at the inauguration, President Akufo-Addo noted 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 commend organized labour and employers for their willingness to forge a stronger partnership with Government to accelerate national development, and applauded them warmly for their sense of patriotism.

According to him after 62 years of independence, Ghana should be in a position effectively to manage her own affairs. And It is 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, and this he said must not happen for the 17th time.

Adding that his government is determined to ensure that Ghana does not go back to the IMF again.

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