Ghana: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire partner to fight child trafficking

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire on Thursday signed a co-operation agreement on the fight against Cross-Border Child Trafficking and the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

The Ghana News Agency (GNA) reported that the agreement is also aimed at committing the two countries to Common Actions in the agreement towards the fight against Cross-Border Trafficking and the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

It said that the agreement, which was drawn of 30 Protocols, Conventions, Charters and Action Plans on Child Trafficking and Labour, would ensure the protection of the child victim from the time of rescue, sheltering and re-unification.

It is also to ensure the prosecution of perpetrators to serve as deterrents to others, as well as sharing of information including the exposure of the perpetrators from the time they are arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned.

The agreement is also to ensure that Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire are on this same page so that the perpetrators of trafficking would have nowhere to hide.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, signed for Ghana, while Mr Moussa Dosso, Minister of Employment and Social Protection in Cote d'Ivoire signed for his country.

In September this year, Ghana's First Lady, Lordina Mahama, and her counterpart in Cote d'Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara, initiated the effort in Abidjan to end the menace in the two countries.

Mr Iddrisu, on behalf of the Ghana Government, commended Cote d'Ivoire for its commitment to end child trafficking and any forms of worst labour in the two countries.

He said Ghana has demonstrated its willingness to fight the menace through policies and legislations and the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection is currently in Parliament seeking amendment to the Child Act.
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04 november 2016 07:29:39

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