The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted intensive Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training for targeted entry points of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) officials.
The training took place at the Koforidua Training Center of the Ghana Immigration Service. Over the next 4 weeks, around 200 GIS officers should be trained.
In his remarks, the Chief Representative of JICA Ghana, Mr. Araki Yasumichi, said, “Border management is essential to securing borders and protecting every nation from risks associated with the movement of goods and people from one country to another. to other neighboring countries and vice versa. poured.
The movement of goods and people is essential for each country in the interest of its economy. In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the development of the capacity to respond to infectious diseases within the framework of border management has become very crucial. »
On December 6, 2021, a Record of Discussion was signed for the launch of the Technical Cooperation Project for Building Border Public Health Capacity at Points of Entry in Ghana.
The project is expected to build border management capacity to respond to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases at 16 minor border entry points across Ghana.
The project has two main components; Provision and installation of sanitary facilities for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, for about 16 border posts across the country and “Infection Prevention and Control Training”.
According to Mr. Araki: “We anticipate that upon completion of the training and subsequent installation of sanitary equipment, the border management capacity of the GIS to respond to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases at targeted entry points will have been strengthened”.
The Eastern Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, Ms. Prudence Aku Sosu, remarked, “History has taught us that one of the determining factors in times of adversity is strategic partnership. The Ghana Immigration Service is grateful to JICA for the resource interventions and human capacity building training programs that will better equip our personnel at ports of entry to effectively utilize the resources we have received and continue to have a lasting positive impact in the management of travelers in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his speech, Mr. Dominic Afriyie Agyeman, Head of the Immigration Unit at the Ministry of Interior, said, “On behalf of the Minister of Interior, I would like to thank JICA for this commendable program, which is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen its migration governance. Migration has assumed an important role on the global agenda as the prospects for social and economic development are increasingly recognized by policy makers and leaders of nations.
He concluded, “This agenda is an indication of how we strive as a country to get things done together to achieve desirable outcomes. This is part of our attempt to achieve Goals 7 and 15 of the Global Compact on Migration endorsed by the United Nations in December 2018 to achieve universal health coverage for all.
JICA supports regional trade and integration through the development of international corridors and the development of the WAGRIC Master Plan. Regional integration and economic growth will also be the focus of the upcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8).