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 A seven week nationwide training has been organized for personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to sensitize them on the GIS Legal Handbook with sponsorship from the European Union.
The objective of the training was to build the capacity of participants to better understand, interpret and enforce immigration and other related laws competently.

Why the legal handbook
It was observed that the technical and institutional capacities of the GIS to fully implement its mandates are limited by the fact that some of these roles and functions are scattered in various domestics laws, international protocols and conventions that are not readily accessible by personnel in the performance of their duties.


With funding from the European Union (EU), the Ghana Integrated Migration Management Approach (GIMMA) Project, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the GIS organized a number of meetings and workshops to review domestic and international instruments relevant to the management of migration in Ghana.
The outcomes of these workshops were then compiled into the Legal handbook, as a quick reference tool to guide personnel in their duties.
What the legal handbook consist of
The legal handbook comprises  four main sections aligned with specific areas of GIS operations; – Part one deals with immigration related laws, Part two deals with security related laws, whiles Part three focuses on investment related laws and the last Part, deals with international conventions, protocols and the Ghana visa regime.

The Comptroller – General, Kwame Asuah Takyi, in his opening remarks urged the participants to cultivate the habit of reading to keep them abreast with time and also enable them understand their environment. He reiterated that the legal handbook should be their quick reference point whenever the need arose.

He expressed appreciation to the European Union (EU) for their interest in the Service especially in the area of capacity building and for sponsoring the training programme. Mr. Takyi also commended the IOM and the GIMMA Project for their constant support.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Technical Working Committee(TWC), led by the Deputy Comptroller- General in charge of Legal, Research and Monitoring, Baaba Asare, for their tireless effort in putting the Legal Hand Book together and the trainers for a good work done.

On her part, the Project Manager of GIMMA, Kazumi Nakamura commended the GIS for being the first Immigration Service within the sub-region to come out with a book that has all the Immigration and other relevant laws of the land and even beyond.

Number of personnel trained
A total of Four hundred and eight - one (481) personnel were trained on the legal handbook and copies given to each participants as well as certificates.



Snr. Insp / Public Affairs
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