Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership Signing

Remarks
Gene Cretz
U.S. Ambassador to Ghana
Flagstaff House
Accra, Ghana
June 22, 2015


President John Dramani Mahama, Honorable Minister Nana Oye Lithur, Honorable Ministers of State Colleagues from the U.S. Embassy and from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; and friends from the media.

The fight against modern slavery is a priority for our governments. The signing of this Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership is a significant step forward for both the United States and Ghana toward the elimination of the crime of child trafficking.

This Partnership will further enhance and enrich the broad spectrum of partnerships our two countries enjoy. We will work with four different Ministries to improve the lives of Ghana's most vulnerable children. The four Ministries with which we will partner in this effort are:

The Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection,
The Ministry of Justice and Attorney General's Department,
The Ministry of the Interior,
And the Ministry for Employment and Labor Relations

Working together our efforts to combat trafficking in persons in Ghana will be more focused and, we believe, more effective.

Throughout my tenure in Ghana I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the country. I have had open and frank discussions on this issue with Ghanaian civil society advocates and leaders who are concerned about forced child labor and child sex trafficking. Perhaps the most memorable experience was visiting an NGO shelter and school whose staff works tirelessly to help children who have been the victims of labor and sex trafficking reintegrate into society. Today signifies the hope and commitment of both our governments to effect change in attitudes and behavior, and to focus on ensuring that Ghanaian children can grow up to flourish and become productive citizens for Ghana.