Forum on Human Trafficking Review Ends
As head of the National Taskforce on Trafficking in Person (TIP), the Ministry of Labour with support from the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) has concluded a two-day stakeholder’s forum on the Review of the First National Action Plan on Human Trafficking.
The National Action Plan which is a five year agenda to guide the operations of the Taskforce was first drafted in 2013 and launched in 2014 by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. It is expected to come to an end in December, 2018.The two days stakeholder conference in Gran Bassa County from May 31 to June 1, 2018, brought together authorities from the Ministries of Labour, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Gender and Social protection, Health, the Liberia Immigration Service as well as, civil society organizations. Issues surrounding the ongoing implementations, the successes and challenges of the taskforce and the necessity of generating ideas in formulating a new agenda or reshipping and continuing with the existing agenda, were cardinal during the forum.
According to a Labour Ministry release, participants stressed the need for the Taskforce to be proactive, national government to provide funding and logistics to enable the Taskforce function effectively. They further emphasized the need for robust awareness using appropriate medium which they believe, is fundamental to the fight against trafficking in the country.
Speaking as proxy on behalf of the National Chairman of the Taskforce and Minister of Labour, Hon. Moses Y. Kollie, Deputy Minister for Manpower Planning and Development Atty. Phil Tarpeh Dixon recommitted the Ministry’s efforts to ensuring a functional taskforce while guaranteeing the implementations of the outcomes from the two days gathering.
Deputy Minister Dixon said, even though there are multiple challenges incurred by the current administration at the Ministry of Labour ranging from finances to logistics, the Ministry’s commitment to fighting trafficking in all forms and manners is assured.
Also speaking at the close of the forum, the Director of the TIP-Secretariat at the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Adolphus Satiah, thanked the current administration at the Ministry of Labour for their supports in recommencing the active coordination meeting with partners; the meeting which he said, has been dormant for nearly three years prior to the new administration. He added, there is still need for more supports to the taskforce.
For her part, the Country Director of the International Development Law Organization IDLO, Madam Teresa Mugadza reassured her origination’s partnership support in buttressing the Government’s development efforts and the fight against trafficking in the country.
The IDLO’s boss further stressed, if the Taskforce must succeed, the issue of effective implementations and proper review of plans developed, cannot be overemphasized.