ACCRA, Visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Ghana’s Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Bafuor Awuah, commissioned the Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration here Wednesday to serve as a point of contact for people looking for prospects in Ghana and also offer individual counselling for returnees who need support with their social and occupational re-integration.

Ghanaians in search of vocational training and employment opportunities can also visit the Centre for assistance as it would present unique opportunities and access to networks of German cooperation and other organizations.

The brief commissioning ceremony which took place before the departure of President Steinmeier on Wednesday afternoon, was also attended by the Secretary of State of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr Friedrich Kitschelt, and Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Bafuor Awuah said: The Centre will be a centre of excellence that will deepen the collaboration between Ghana and Germany. We are actually taking our level of co-operation to a different level altogether, a very high level. It will be a centre where Ghanaians who have travelled out and for one reason or the other will want to come back home, will come and seek advice as to how best they can take advantage of the opportunities locally.

He said because of Ghana’s lower income levels, people would always like to move to places of higher income earning so some Ghanaians were seen going to Europe and other countries for economic reasons.

Dr Kitschelt said the Centre would be operated under the German Development Co-operation (GIZ) in Ghana. He said over the many years of co-operation with Ghana, Germany had invested about two billion Euros in building a sustainable economic future for Ghana.

In the last two years, another 156 million Euros had been added to offer broad-based opportunities for Ghanaian residents and returnees alike, he said.

Dr Kitschelt said the centre would offer information and more assistance to people living in Ghana to better integrate in the labour market through training, assistance, job opportunities and start-ups.