EU supports Ghana Immigration Service


Following a successful conclusion of the Accra Initiative, the European Union (EU) is delivering on its commitment to enhance Ghana’s security by donating five motorbikes with helmets and 50 document verification devices to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

This will support GIS in its effort to ensure greater security for citizens and visitors, while guaranteeing respect for the rule of law and human rights standards by border management authorities.

This is the second donation by the EU to GIS within the framework of the Strengthening Border Security in Ghana project (SBS Ghana) at an estimated €1million.

In August 2020, the EU as a longstanding partner of Ghana provided COVID-19 emergency assistance to the GIS by donating 15 laptops, five vehicles (three pick-ups and two mini-buses), five motorbikes and personal protective equipment worth over €280,000.

Speaking at the handing-over event today, the EU Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Irchad Razaaly stated: “The EU will continue to strengthen its partnership with Ghana in the fight against transnational organised crime, and enhance border security with technical trainings; supporting Ghanaian law enforcement agencies to acquire knowledge, skills and tools to reinforce their efforts against international organised crime and insecurity on land”.

The Deputy Minister for the Interior, Naana Eyiah said: “We treasure the continuous support the EU continues giving the Ghana Immigration Service as it strives to secure and protect Ghana’s borders – which in the long run strengthens regional security”.

Within the SBS Project framework, in the next phase (2023) the EU will provide 10 laptops, 2 pick-up vehicles and border patrol equipment to increase the operational capacity of GIS.

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