Kenyan Immigration Services Officials in Study Visit to Ghana

News Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:32 Share

The primary objective of the visit was to learn from Ghana’s experience on border management, best practices on migration studies in the African context and explore opportunities for future collaborations. | Photo by IOM Kenya

Six (6) Senior Immigration officers from the Kenyan Department of Immigration Services (DIS), took part in a five- day bench-marking study visit to Ghana where they had enriching exchanges with the Ghanian Immigration officials about the process of designing and implementing a successful Integrated Border Management Strategy and approach.
 
 
Under the aegis of the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), the delegation visited the Ghana Immigration Training School, the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) HQ as well as the Ghana-Togo border point of Aflao, which is one of the busiest land borders in Ghana.
 
 
The study visit by the Kenyan delegation from 5-9 February 2018 was led by the Kenya Department of Immigration Services Deputy Director, Mr. Joseph Munywoki. The delegation was accompanied by three staff from IOM Kenya, led by the Deputy Head of Kenya Country Office, Mr. Ferdinand Paredes and IOM African Capacity Building Center (ACBC) Senior Migration Management Specialist, Marcellino Ramkishun.
 
 
The primary objective of the visit was to learn from Ghana’s experience on border management, best practices on migration studies in the African context and explore opportunities for future collaborations. 
 
 
The visit was also important to the delegation as Kenya plans to set up a Kenya Migration Institute (KMI). The Kenya immigration officials learned from their counterparts the challenges they initially faced in the operationalization of GIS.
 
 
DIS has proposed the establishment of Kenya Migration Institute to improve national and regional migration management through provision of expert knowledge and skills to immigration officials as well as migration practitioners, researchers and scholars
Upon a request from the Government of Kenya, IOM has agreed to support the establishment of KMI as part of IOM Kenya’s comprehensive strategy to address issues of migration challenges.
 
 
The proposed KMI is envisaged to begin enrolling, immigration officers from DIS, then progressively extend to immigration officers from the East Africa Community, Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and African Union (AU) Member States. The proposed KMI will be hosted under the Institute of the Kenya School of Government (KSG).
 
 
The Comptroller-General of GIS, Mr. Kwame Asuha Takyi said that the visit was a great opportunity for the delegation to learn from the GIS Training Institute as well as some of the challenges facing the Aflao border point. He further hailed the close collaboration between the two countries.
 
 
Mr. Munywoki said that the visit was an eye opener for the delegation especially on border management and particularly pointed out the efficiency of Ghana’s border surveillance system, Inter-agency collaboration and its inland border control. 
 
 
Other key lessons learnt during the visit included managing un-gazetted entry points, different types of training for immigration officials, funds mobilization, coarse structure, review of the curriculum and accreditation procedures.
 
 
IOM Kenya is increasingly called upon by the Government of Kenya (GoK) to assist in addressing complex border management challenges, including helping to provide increased capacity in the specific area of training.