Delegation of the European Union to Namibia

European Union (EU) supports Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) response to Covid-19 and future emergencies

06/08/2020 - 18:22
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The Strengthening Border Security in Ghana (SBS Ghana) project, funded by European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), is providing support to Ghana Immigration Service’s Covid-19 response. Through this emergency funding assistance, the European Union has donated five vehicles (3 pick-up and 2 minibuses), 5 motorbikes and personal protective equipment (10.000 disposable face masks, 10.000 reusable face masks, 10.000 gloves and 2.000 bottled hand sanitizers) for frontline staff engaged in border control and patrol.

The vehicles and motorcycles would be used for patrolling in specific border areas and for coordinating activities with Ghana Health Service and other stakeholders. Once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the vehicles and motorbikes would be deployed to the various land border regions across Ghana, according to the Ghana Immigration strategic needs.

In addition, the SBS Ghana project will provide Ghana Immigration Service with 15 laptops and facilitate a number of capacity building activities (contingency planning), to boost existing efforts and enhance the capacity of the Service to effectively respond to future crises.

The four-year SBS Ghana project aims at improving border management and security in Ghana, by reducing irregular migration, human trafficking, the smuggling of goods and other cross-border crimes. It will support GIS in its effort to ensure greater security for citizens and visitors, while guaranteeing the respect for the rule of law and human rights standards by border management authorities.

SBS Ghana is funded by European Union through the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) and implemented by ICMPD in collaboration with the Ghana Immigration Service.

The Press Release is attached

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For more information: Marco Bordignon, Project Manager - Email: Marco.Bordignon@icmpd.org

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