The Danish government has committed US$1.5 million to strengthen the Ghana Immigration (GIS) border and migration management, the Controller- General of Immigration, Mr Kwame Ansuah Takyi, has disclosed.
The fund, according to him, will enable the GIS to train a total of twenty (20) officers on border management, policy planning monitoring and evaluation and identify document fraud detection to help meet the social and economic needs of the country.
He indicated that GIS officers would be equipped oi monitoring and evaluation of projects in order to meet the project objectives of strengthening the capacity of GIS units involved in the fight against irregular migration to detect forged and falsified travel documents.
The project would enhance the effectiveness of documents’ inspection through provision of modern equipment at major entry points in Ghana as well as strengthen the capacity of GIS staff to detect forged and falsified travel documents.
Mr Takyi made this known while addressing a gathering at the official launch of the GIS-Danish project on the theme: “Strengthening Boarder and Migration Management in Ghana (SMMIG),” in Accra yesterday.
At the launch, Mr Takyi and the Embassy of Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) for the project implementation agreement.
The signing agreement, which was signed by the two parties in Accra, spells out the responsibilities of each party to ensure the success of the SMMIG project.
Per the agreement, the Danish government would support government of Ghana in strengthening its institutional and operational capacities to manage irregular migration flows and to assist the GIS in the implementation of its 2018 to 2022 strategic plan.
In this regard Mr Takyi indicated GIS’s commitment to work closely with the Danish government to help fight border crimes and irregular migration flows in the country and ECOWAS sub-region.
He underscored a number of security intervention programmes and projects initiated by the GIS to continue to operate with two strategic objectives of GIS to achieve its vision to manage migration in national interest.
Mr Takyi indicated that measures had been put in place by his outfit to tackle boarder related crimes.
For his part, Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery, called on the management of GIS to cultivate a culture of maintenance for the equipment meant for the project support and pledged his commitment to ensure effective implementation of the project.
He stressed that the document fraud expertise of the GIS needed to be equipped to enhance the knowledge of staff to serve the needs of Ghana and other countries in the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region.
Earlier, the Director of International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Mr Martin Pluim, in his opening remarks noted that the manual was currently being rolled-out through a number of training of trainer exercises, “one of which has taken place here in Accra, involving the GIS”.
“As we look towards the future, we hope to maintain a fruitful collaboration with the GIS and ensure that this legacy of cooperation with government of Ghana that we have established is sustained,” he stressed.
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