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10th Aug 2022 | PR UNIT

Hon. Frederick Obeng Adom, a Deputy Minister for Transport has said, the Ministry of Transport is committed to providing the needed support and facilitate an enabling environment for the fight against human trafficking.  He stated the doors of the Ministry were opened to receive information and provide the needed advice on such matters.

He noted the Ministry together with its two frontline Agencies, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL), were ready to support and partner the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) in ensuring the sensitization and capacity building for personnel of the Agencies on victim identification and compliance on counter trafficking activities and implementation of policy standards and requirements on trafficking persons succeeded.

“The industry is an important sector and has a key role to play in combating this peril.  I request all and sundry to come on board as we take action to discourage this inhuman act”, he reiterated.

The Deputy Minister was speaking at a sensitization forum on Victim Identification and Compliance on Counter Trafficking Activities in Accra, organized by the MoGCSP.

He said, the importance of the Aviation Industry could not be over-emphasized because, it was one of the most efficient means of connecting people, cultures, and businesses across continents.  It also provided the only rapid worldwide transportation network which makes it essential for global business and propelled economic growth, created jobs, and facilitated international trade and tourism.

“Despite these significant characteristics, it was one of the transportation modes used by transnational criminal organizations, whose activities included trafficking and other kinds of illegal trade and smuggling which has detrimental effects on National security” he stated.

Hon. Obeng Adom noted the Sensitization Forum could not have come at a better time because it had given an opportunity to discuss, create awareness, build capacity and proffer solutions to one of the gravest and most important problems affecting migration, human rights and trafficking activities.

He noted that cases of trafficking were reported on a daily basis around the globe and data available had consistently shown that women and children were the most affected.  For these very reasons, he added, it was crucial that steps were taken to implement measures to stop and combat trafficking, protect safety and security of the aviation industry with a focus on safeguarding women and children.

He stated the vision of the Ministry was to make Ghana the aviation hub within the West African Sub-Region to open the Country up to improved air connectivity, boost trade and tourism, therefore the Ministry remained committed to deepen collaboration with relevant stakeholders to pursue strategies that will ensure that, Civil Aviation was not used to foster or enhance human trafficking.

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