The Ghana Immigration Service made an important step towards a new accountability system, in order to improve internal ethics and transparency with staff and citizens. The draft Code of Conduct for the Service was prepared during a workshop held between 14 and 18 June, in Accra.
The Code of Conduct will set the rules outlining social norms and responsibilities, guide the conduct of all officers in the agency, and ensure that integrity and good reputation is maintained.
The Code will be submitted to GIS executive management for validation, and finally distributed to all staff members and made available for the public through the Service website and information material at main border posts.
The Ghana Immigration Service is committed to work on internal ethics standards, through a sensitization for its staff and the update of internal and external (public) reporting mechanisms.
The initiative is part of the Strengthening Border Security in Ghana (SBS Ghana) project. SBS Ghana is funded by European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in coordination with the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).
The European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (EUTF for Africa) aims to foster stability and to contribute to better migration management, including by addressing the root causes of destabilization, forced displacement and irregular migration.
For more information: https://ec.europa.eu/trustfundforafrica
The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an international organisation with 18 Member States and more than 350 staff members. Active in more than 90 countries worldwide, it takes a regional approach in its work to create efficient cooperation and partnerships along migration routes. Priority regions include Africa, Central and South Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Its three-pillar approach to migration management – structurally linking research, migration dialogues and capacity building – contributes to better migration policy development worldwide. The Vienna-based organisation has a mission in Brussels, a regional office in Malta and project offices in several countries. In Africa, offices are located in Tunis (Tunisia), Abuja (Nigeria) and Accra (Ghana). Founded in 1993, ICMPD holds UN observer status.
About SBS Ghana
The Strengthening Border Security in Ghana (SBS Ghana) project is funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and implemented by ICMPD, in cooperation with the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). The specific objective is to contribute to the development of the long-term capability of border control authorities in Ghana; to update border management information and communication systems; and to ensure greater security for citizens and visitors, while guaranteeing the respect for the rule of law and human rights standards.