Danish govt supports GIS with $1.3m

Mr Asuah Takyi exchanging the MoU with Mr Martjin Pluim. With them are Mrs Adelaide Annor Kumi Chief Director,Ministry of the Interior and the Danish Ambassador Ms Tove Degnbol (right)

Mr Asuah Takyi exchanging the MoU with Mr Martjin Pluim. With them are Mrs Adelaide Annor Kumi Chief Director,Ministry of the Interior and the Danish Ambassador Ms Tove Degnbol (right)

The Danish government has committed $1.3million to support the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to strengthen its capacity in irregular migration control for two years.

Under a project dubbed “Strengthening Border and Migration Management in Ghana”, staff of the Document Fraud and Expertise Centre (DFEC) of GIS would be trained in current ways to detect falsified documents and impostors.

Modern equipment would be provided at key entry points of the country and at the DFEC to enhance document inspection while a comprehensive information exchange mechanism on document fraud would be developed.

The project would be implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), an European organisation that deals with the global phenomenon of migration.

At the launch of the project in Accra yesterday, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between representatives of the Danish government, the GIS and ICMPD.

They are Ms Tove Degnbol, Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Martjin Pluim, Director in charge of Migration Dialogues and Cooperation at ICMPD and Comptroller-General of Immigration, Kwame Asuah Takyi.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery said that migration management was a priority of the government and would aside the 2016 National Migration Policy adopt proactive measures to ensure safe migration.

Noting that the management of migration required a concerted effort, he expressed gratitude to the Danish government for the support and pledged to ensure that the objectives for the project were attained.

The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Degnbol, recalling the migrant fatalities in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, said it had been a wake-up call for global stakeholders to institute measures to avert such deaths.

He said the support to Ghana was Denmark’s contribution towards this course as well as control illegal activities such as smuggling of contraband goods across the borders which had global impacts.

She said Denmark would continue to play its role to save lives and urged all other stakeholders to do same.

Mr Pluim said the project would strengthen cooperation and information exchange between the respective units of GIS involved in the control of irregular migration, while strengthening intra-agency and regional cooperation.

The project, he said, was in continuation of the strengthening of the capacity of the government institutions started in 2011 and expressed the hope that the collaboration would be sustained.

The comptroller-general of immigration, for his part, said the service sourced for funding for the project as part of its efforts to implement its Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2022.

He said the service was ready to work tirelessly with development partners to transform the service into a modern one and was looking forward to similar agreements, assistance and partnerships.

BY JONATHAN DONKOR

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