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"This Strategic Plan provides roadmap for GIS to operate an efficient, fair system" - Ambrose Dery

The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery says Ghana Immigration Service's newly launched seven year strategic plan will provide a roadmap for it to operate an efficient, fair and firm immigration system that meets the social and economic needs of the country.


According to him, it also provides an effective monitoring and evaluation system which will guide in gauging the performance of the Ghana Immigration Service and the impact of the implementation of the plan.


Speaking at the launch of the seven year strategic plan held in Accra on Wednesday, Mr. Ambrose Dery said "It is my hope that, the Service would seize any available opportunity to realize its Vision"


"As noted in the Comptroller-General’s welcome remarks, the Strategic Plan being launched today revolves around four (4) key components, namely; Border Management, Transnational Crime Prevention, Enforcement, and Organisational Drivers"

He added that each component has clearly spelt out strategies to facilitate the transformational agenda of becoming a model Immigration Service for Migration Management and the Security of Ghana.

 

"I want to assure the Service of the commitment of the Government of His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, to support the implementation of this Strategic Plan.  Accordingly, I urge all stakeholders in the migration management space to come on board to support the implementation of activities outlined in the Strategic Plan for better management of migration in Ghana and globally"

 

"I have perused the document and I am convinced that the Plan was well thought through and clearly outlines the strategies the Service would adopt in contributing to the realization of its mandate in the next seven years. I am very impressed by the quality of ideas put together in this document. One intriguing thing about the Plan is the emphasis it places on digitalization to build a stronger and better Service, which is in line with our national agenda"


"I am aware that there was an extensive consultation in the development of this Strategic Plan, so we can be assured that, the concerns of all relevant stakeholders have been captured. As we continue our commitment to promote a humane and orderly management of migration, it is necessary for us to collectively champion interventions and maintain a well-coordinated multi-sectoral intervention to aid the process. Accordingly, we must all own this document and ensure its effective implementation"


He further thanked the Government of Denmark for funding the development of the plan under the project, “Strengthening Border and Migration Management in Ghana (SMMIG)”, implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)'

"To the Strategic Plan Technical Working Group, Regional Commanders and selected Officers whose commitment and expertise saw the realization of this Document, I say, Ayekoo.  To all other stakeholders who contributed to the development of this Plan in diverse ways, the Ministry appreciates your efforts"


On her part, Amala Obiokoye-Nwalor, ICMPD said "In ICMPD, we adopt a three-pronged approach to interventions, namely Research, Dialogue and Capacity Building. This is why the drafting of this Strategic Plan was preceded by a thorough evaluation and lessons learnt exercise on the previous GIS 2018 – 2022 Plan, conducted between April – July 2022"


She added the Strategic Plan shows GIS commitment to professionalism, human rights, gender-equity and growth.


In a speech read on her behalf by Project Manager, ICMPD, Lulia Jolley-SOCEA, she said "As some of you may recall, the last two GIS strategic plans (2011-2015 and 2018-2022) were both 5 year plans, while this new plan is a 7-year plan, a testament to GIS dedication to long-term sustainable growth. For some people who may be wondering why the plan is a 2023-2029 plan instead of 2024-2030, this is because the GIS already commenced the implementation of some activities, even before this launch event"

She explained that Migration governance was not a one-agency job, hence would like to use to call on other government institutions, development partners and Non-State actors to rally round the GIS and support the implementation of this ambitious plan.


"On our part as ICMPD, we strongly believe in the development potential of migration when done in a regular manner, and we are committed to supporting the Government of Ghana in its efforts of governing Migration in a safe, orderly and humane manner"


"At the centre of migration are actual people, individual migrants/travellers affected by the work of border agencies such as the GIS, which is why respect for human rights, integrity and gender-responsiveness are important themes in this Strategic Plan"

 

Taking his turn, Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service, Kwame Asuah Takyi said "With the expiration of the 2018–2022 Strategic Plan, the Service commenced the development of its 7-year Strategic Plan, with support from the “Strengthening Border and Migration Management in Ghana” (SMMIG II) project, funded by the Government of Denmark and implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in collaboration with the Service"

He mentioned that the process of formulating a new Strategic Plan, offered the service the opportunity to take stock of past successes and failures, to determine its vision and mission in the light of challenges ahead, and to put forward strategies for development not only in response to changing trends and needs, but also as an active and participating agent in the international migration arena.


"The strategic themes of the Plan attest to our resolve to achieve excellence through our core functions. This Plan defines our Vision 'To become a model Immigration Service for Migration Management and National Security'. The Plan is a framework through which we shall apply our resources and strengths to explore the available opportunities and confront any threats that we may encounter towards achieving our Vision. In this regard, we have adopted a mission statement that is in line with our core mandate, which is, 'To operate an efficient, fair and firm immigration system that meets the social and economic needs of the country"


"This Strategic Plan will help the Service to position itself strategically in its operational environment by aligning effectively with the changes taking place in its environment. We have identified in this Plan key strategic themes that require interventions. The strategic themes formed the basis for the setting of our strategic objectives for the next seven years"


He stated that to ensure optimum productivity and enhanced service delivery, appropriate components with their respective strategies and actions have been identified with appropriate Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and a Theory of Change.

"These components are: 1. Border Management 2.Transnational Crime Prevention 3. Enforcement  and 4. Organizational Drivers. Though the primary responsibility of implementing the Strategic Plan lies with the Management and Officers of the Service, with the support of the Governing Council I can assure you of our commitment to ensuring the successful implementation of this Strategic Plan, we are well aware that successful implementation of the Strategic Plan would require a combined effort of our stakeholders"


"We shall therefore endeavour to build and sustain linkages and collaborations with all our stakeholders to enhance synergy among players in the migration management arena in pursuit of the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicator 10.7, which calls on countries to “Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies” which is ultimately  aligned tos our Vision"


"The budget for implementing the Plan over its seven-year duration runs into millions of Ghana Cedis.  It goes without saying that, funding is very critical to the successful implementation of the entire Strategic Plan"


"The Service therefore has developed a credible implementation strategy where some key or pivotal projects will be pursued initially as quick wins, with the view of drawing other projects along. Let me, therefore seize this opportunity to appeal to all stakeholders to receive us with open arms when we knock on their doors for support to realize our Vision"

"As we all know, the formulation of a Plan does not in itself translate into the attainment of objectives set out in it, but rather how effectively the Plan is implemented. Indeed, the long-term survival of GIS depends on sound strategic decisions effectively implemented. We will therefore require all hands on deck to realize our Vision"


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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