On 28th February, 2023, the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), with support from ICMPD and funding from the Government of Denmark, organised a stakeholder consultation workshop on the next 7-year strategic plan of the GIS. The workshop was organised as part of the Strengthening Border and Migration Management (SMMIG) project.
The aim of the workshop was to present the proposed strategic objectives and corresponding actions identified during the ideation phase of the strategy development process, to elicit feedback, input and recommendations from relevant GIS stakeholders. Through such consultations, the GIS aims to ensure ownership and buy-in of relevant stakeholders. During the workshop, the GIS provided an overview of the Strategic Plan development process, the proposed Action Plan and implementation strategy, as well as Monitoring and Evaluation measures for the Plan.
The Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service thanked ICMPD Ghana for facilitating the drafting process of the Strategic Plan and reaffirmed GIS’ commitment to stakeholder engagement, bearing in mind that national security and the wellbeing of individuals migrating to and out of Ghana is a shared responsibility. He also stated that the GIS was ready to listen to the suggestions from their stakeholders and the feedback will be used to improve the draft Plan.
The Ghana Immigration Liaison Team (GILT) represented by the Liaison Officer of the Canada Border Services Agency, also presented a set of recommendations for GIS consideration, which set the scene for the discussion session on the priorities identified in the draft Plan.
The workshop drew 66 participants from various institutions including the Ghana Boundary Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Ministry of Interior, Ghana Police Service and other security agencies. Representatives of the Academia, International Organisations, United Nations, Civil Society Organisations and members of the diplomatic community were also present at the workshop.