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April 02, 2007
Recruitment of hundreds of
youth to USA start in Tema
Tema, Nov. 20, GNA - Recruitment of hundreds of youth
between 25 and 45 years to work in the hospitality industry
in the United States, began at the Tema Labour Department on
The Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment, in
collaboration with a venture capital investor, Paulson
Ventures Limited of Ghana and Cultural Homestay
International of the US are conducting the recruitment.
A joint committee of security and human resources experts
from the Ministry of Manpower, Youth and Employment,
Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Ghana Immigration Services, and Paulson
Ventures were screening the applicants.
In an interview with newsmen, Dr Charles Brempong Yeboah,
Deputy Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, described
the exercise as “brain gain”.
"We have look at exportation of human resources from a very
myopic perspective in the past as brain drain, but in a
globalize market, exportation of human resources is
described as brain gain."
He said the nation stands to gain from human resource
exportation through remittances, payment of taxes, and
acquisition of modern skills and orientation to work at
Dr Yeboah assured interested applicants that the relevant
public agencies including Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
National Security and the Ghana Immigration Services had
checked the background of the recruiting companies and found
them to be genuine.
Ghana's Mission abroad would periodically check on the
companies involved to ensure that they adhere to the terms
of the Memorandum of Understanding, he said.
Dr Okoampa Archer, Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring and
Evaluation of the Ministry, said successful applicants are
expected to acquire new skills, gain international exposure
and in some case, learn how to set-up own business.
He said the Government, in partnership with the consultants,
was making frantic effort to ensure the sustainability of
the programme, where beneficiaries would afterwards be
absorbed into the hospitality industry in Ghana to boost the
Dr Archer said the programme of human resource exportation
also conforms to the goals and objectives of the Ghana
Poverty Reduction Strategy II, as well as the Millennium
Explaining the recruitment process Mr Paul Adotey, Chief
Executive Officer of Paulson Ventures Limited said
applicants would undergo series of orientation, screening
and training, prior to their movement to the United States.
He said the names successful applicants would be forwarded
to the principals in the U.S to be issued with the necessary
"Once you enter the States, you will be given a Social
Security Identification Number, and other related working
and residential documents. You will also be paid exactly as
any other worker according to competency and qualification,"