WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE AG. DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CTVET, DR. FRED KYEI ASAMOAH, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SECTOR SKILLS SECRETARIAT ON FRIDAY, 28TH MAY 202I

Hon. Minister for Education

Your Excellencies (Members of the Diplomatic Corps)

Heads of institutions

Industry Partners

Friends from the Media

Distinguished Invited Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

I am extremely excited to welcome you all to this inauguration of the Sector Skills Bodies Secretariat.

On behalf of the Commission, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Hon. Minister for Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum for graciously accepting to be here this morning. This truly is a testament of Government’s commitment to the strengthening of TVET to better enable its skilled workforce contribute to national development.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ghana has a youthful population. With the right technical and vocational education and training, coupled with national strategies and policies that provide the right environment for the creation of employment opportunities, they would be the nation’s greatest asset for development.

One of the avenues to realize this is through partnership with industry. So, I am proud that the Ministry of Education through CTVET is ensuring that industry leads the way in terms of skills training through the setting up of Sector Skills Bodies; to focus on the exploration of business opportunities, innovation and capacity needs within identified sectors of the economy.

Members of the bodies have all been selected for their various contributions and experience in their respective sectors.

It is our sincere hope that through your work, we will find practical solutions to the challenge of skills mismatch and be adequately prepared for future skills needs.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here to observe two very important milestones. The inauguration of the newly established SSBs in the following sectors; Textiles, Garment and Apparel, Logistics and Transportation and Health Care. We will also witness the official inauguration of the office for the Sector Skills Bodies.

The building we inaugurate today is going to serve as an office facility for you to conveniently conduct your activities.

Hon Minister, Excellencies, the establishment of eleven (11) Sector Skills Bodies, with another 11 more to go; has been the result of the commitment and hard work of dozens and dozens of people. I would like to say a big thank you to all who have made this possible.

To our partners GIZ, European Union, International Labour Organization, Ford Foundation, KAS – Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, AHK – German Chambers of Commerce Abroad; we truly appreciate your unflinching support!

May our bond of friendship continue to grow in the ensuing years.

I hope I will not be out of line if I say the doors of this secretariat are always open to all. Please do come by and let us all join forces to strengthen skills development to achieve the Ghana we all envisage.

THANK YOU ALL.