Ghana Immigration Service has launched a Five-Year Strategic Plan (2018-2022), which outlines the Vision, Mission and Strategic Objectives of the Service as well as the activities to embark upon to realize this vision over the next five-years.
The 60-page drafted document covers issues relating to human resource, law and politics, stakeholder co-operation, equipment and infrastructure, funding and Information Communication and Technology (ICT).
In his remarks at the launch held in Accra on 13th June 2018, the Controller General of GIS, Lawyer Kwame Asuah-Takyi, noted that, for a successful implementation of the strategic plan over the period of five years, the service would need a budget of GH¢473.5 million to fund it.
This plan he said, will help the service to position itself strategically in its operational environment by aligning effectively to the changes taking place in the immigration management space.
“We have identified key strategic themes that requires interventions in the plan. These themes form the basis for setting our strategic objectives for the next five years.
We have adopted a mission statement that is in line with our core mandate, which is, ‘To build a stronger and better Ghana by operating fair but firm Immigration work system that meets the social and economic needs of the country,” the Controller General added.
He also said, to ensure optimum productivity and enhance service delivery, appropriate strategies and actions for each strategy have been identified. In addition, the implementation actions, the time frame, output indicators and the expected outcomes have been determined.
“Indeed, the long-term survival of the GIS depends on sound strategic decisions effectively implemented. We will therefore require all hands on deck to realize our outcome goal of an ICT-Driven Immigration Service, delivering excellence in immigration management and national security through a motivated working force,” he reiterated.
On his part, Deputy Commissioner for GIS, Eric Afari, also said, the five-year plan formulated for 2018 to 2022 comes with the enhancement of staff welfare, provide adequate infrastructure and review international laws to be in line with the international best practices.
“We believe that the focal areas outlined in the plan will complement and reinforce each other and also make the immigration service efficient in delivering migration management and national security,” Mr. Afari added.
According to him, the country is faced with increasing migratory movement and challenges which had become more complex and thus, was necessary to come up with a new idea to deal with such challenges. Adding that, this strategic plan would help do away with some of these challenges like; irregular migration, smuggling, among others, and would provide better services in line with best practices.
He also noted the development of the strategic plan was necessary to translate the vision and mission of the Ghana Immigration Service into broadly defined goals and objectives which can be achieved.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Interior and Member of Parliament for Nandom Constituency, Ambrose Dery, revealed that, the 2018 annual report of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) points to a global increase in the size of international migration population from 153 million people (or 2.9% of the world population) to 244 million (or 3.3% of the world population).
The Minister explained that, about one third of them (or 75 million) lived in Europe in 2015. And according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), there were 417,642 international migrants in Ghana as of 2017, an increase of nearly one-quarter ( 23.9%) from the 337,017 recorded in 2010 (UN DESA, 2017).
Moreover, between 2010 and 2017, the number of Ghanaians living outside Ghana increased by 15.5 percent from 694,009 to 857,603; the highest estimate reported since 1990 and equivalent to about three percent of the country’s estimated population (UNDESA, 2017), he said.
“I must say that, there are far more international migrants in the world today than ever previously recorded, and their numbers have increased rapidly in the last few decades. The 2018 annual report of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) points to a global increase in the size of international migration population from 153 million people (or 2.9% of the world population) to 244 million (or 3.3% of the world population). Of these, about one third of them (or 75 million) lived in Europe in 2015. Again, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), there were 417,642 international migrants in Ghana as of 2017, an increase of nearly one-quarter ( 23.9%) from the 337,017 recorded in 2010 (UN DESA, 2017). Moreover, between 2010 and 2017, the number of Ghanaians living outside Ghana increased by 15.5 percent from 694,009 to 857,603; the highest estimate reported since 1990 and equivalent to about three percent of the country’s estimated population (UNDESA, 2017).”
He said, over the years, immigrants into this country, particularly those from the West African sub-region, easily merge with the nationals and join the internal mobility of workers, and the nation cannot therefore sit aloof with no proactive measures instituted to ensure orderly and safe migration that will be of benefit to the country of origin and the country of destination.
The Minister added that, though GIS is a distinct organization, it delivers its goals in partnership with others. Therefore, the presence of all of us at this launch is an indication of how we will all need to work together in an integrated and effective manner, in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the Service.
The Service, as the first line of defence to the country, has over the period not relented on its efforts in ensuring safe and orderly migration for our national development though with inadequate resources.
“I know and certainly appreciate the personal sacrifices that you and your families have made to protect Ghana’s frontiers and for that we remain extremely grateful. We will therefore ensure as a government that the Service gets its fair share of the national cake in terms of resources to make you more effective and efficient as the guardians of the Nation’s borders,” he assured.
The five-year long project would be funded by the European Union, ECOWAS, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) as well as other consortiums.