New 5-year strategic plan for GIS

FROM: YAKUBU ABDUL- MAJEED, TAMALE

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) is formulating a new strategic plan for 2018 to 2022.

The five-year strategic plan is aimed at helping the service carry out its mission and vision effectively and efficiently. It would also reposition the service to manage emerging global challenges of migration.

This was made known by the Deputy Commissioner of the GIS, Eric Afari, during the opening ceremony of a three-day training workshop organised here for members of the Strategic Plan Technical Working Group (SPTWG) and some GIS staff.

The workshop was to equip the participants with the requisite knowledge and tools that would enable them collate inputs from GIS officers in the region to be included in the strategic plan.

It is being funded by the European Union and the Economic Community of West Africa States Commission and being implemented by a consortium including the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Mr. Afari explained that the development of the strategic plan was necessary to translate its vision and mission into broadly defined goals and objectives as well as steps to enable it achieve them.

He said considering that governments over the world were faced with increasing migratory movements and its accompanying challenges such as migrant behavior, which had become more complex, it was necessary to come up with a new strategic plan to deal with the challenges.

Mr. Afari said that the plan would meet the emerging global challenges of migration management such as irregular migration, migrant smuggling, among others, and would enable the GIS to offer better services in line with best practices.

He was hopeful that the workshop would equip the participants with the requisite knowledge to draft the new plan and help in its effective implementation.

A consultant for the drafting of the plan, Philip Cobbinah, explained that one of the findings of the evaluation report of the 2011-2015 strategic plan of the GIS was that it was headquarters centred.

He said decisions made in the previous plan were taken at the headquarters with very minimal inputs from GIS operational posts in the regions.

“To address this finding, the work plan for the development of the 2018-2022 strategic plan would be prepared to ensure a maximum participation and involvement of the rank and file of GIS,” Mr. Cobbinah said, adding that the workshop was aimed at achieving that purpose.

From Ama Tekyiwaa Ampadu-Nyarko, Koforidua

 

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