The new DECP country manager for East Africa, Mr. A De Koster, visited the Ghananian Employers Association ( GEA) to determine the future agenda of collaboration with DECP.
The Dutch economic presence in the country is important and Dutch companies are active in diverse sectors such as agriculture, port management, food processing , water management and some manufacturing ( textiles) .
GEA is the most representative employers’ organisation in the country, with a membership of about 500 companies . It focuses in labour and industrial issues, with a strong reputation as service deliverer in these areas, and with growing attention to act as voice of business (lobbying – advocacy) in these areas, and also on broader issue such as skills, energy and health care systems, which are all key for the business environment . DECP has supported GEA for already 10 years, with remarkable results: with DECP support GEA defined a national agenda for improvements in the business environment with some concrete proposals in the field of skills policies, energy and labour law.
The new plans will build further on previous actions, and focus more strongly in profiling GEA as a representative and outcome oriented organisation, which acts as a dynamic voice of businesses, and which also improves its service offer in HR and industrial relations.