On the 3rd of August 2020, the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce signed the first contract to jointly support investors and companies with a German background to create and – in times of Covid-19 – secure jobs in Ghana.
Ghana offers attractive business and investment opportunities. However, additional support is needed to overcome local challenges to successfully invest and further create and secure urgently needed local jobs. Therefore, the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition", which operates under the brand Invest for Jobs, and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce are jointly assessing the needs and investment barriers of companies with German backgrounds in Ghana. The contract formally solidifies the collaboration between the two entities and marks the beginning of more investment opportunities and job creation in Ghana.
“Due to our well-established network, the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana is an excellent contract partner for private sector development,” states Delegate Dr. Michael Blank.
Companies and investors will receive individual advise from the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, can tackle skills gaps in their industry as well as participate in networking events between German and Ghanaian companies and cooperation partners. “Businesses can now benefit from sector studies in the fields of logistics, construction, IT and hospitality as well as from concepts on improving social and ecological infrastructure and industry consortiums that address investment barriers,” adds Stefanie Simon from the ExperTS
“Through this cooperation, we expect written commitments of at least 20 companies to create a minimum of 400 jobs by the end of 2022,” states GIZ Country Director, Regina Bauerochse Barbosa.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development initiated the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" to support investment activities that have a high impact on employment in its African partner countries, such as Ghana. To this end, measures will be implemented to help build a more enabling environment for investment by European enterprises in Ghana, increase the capacities of Ghanaian micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and improve the business ecosystem for – primarily but not exclusively – processing agricultural goods and the automotive industry.
The consortium around the company Eranove successfully applied for a grant by the Facility Investing for Employment. The Facility is part of Invest for Jobs. On 26 January 2023, the grant contract for 5.17 million euros was signed in Abidjan. In three years, 14,000 people will attend the various training courses offered by the academy and more than 1,100 jobs are expected to be created.
Since its launch in June 2022, the Soft Landing initiative of Invest for Jobs in Tunisia has facilitated the arrival of 10 European and African IT companies in the country. In return, the companies committed to create over 100 high-quality tech jobs for Tunisians.
To implement BMZ’s development-policy priority areas in the 20th legislative period and to address changing global challenges, the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation will have a new name and focus. As of January 2023, it will be called Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition".
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