This initiative is part of the e-Ghana project funded by the World Bank and it is to aid cross-border travel.
Gemalto, in a statement, said it is to provide the Ghana Immigration Services (GIS) with a highly secure electronic visa and border management solution based on biometric authentication.
According to the company, it “will take responsibility for integrating the advanced visa and border management solution, including change management, transitional training and maintenance services.”
The company says it will also deploy border management systems at Ghana’s main ports of arrival and will implement a fully computerized system for visa and permit applications processing and issuing, with the collaboration of Avalon Biometrics.
The statement indicates that the project also covers the set up of an online portal service for visa application, and the implementation of electronic gates at the Kotoka International Airport, for rapid, convenient and automated border control of arrivals and departures.
“Aided by biometric data, the authorities will be able to account accurately for everyone entering and leaving the country,” Gemalto said.
The statement quoted Dr. Peter A. Wiredu, Director of GIS as saying “…we need an immigration system that can meet the challenges of rapid growth in international travel”. This will maintain Ghana’s economic development, he added.
According to Gemalto’s Senior Vice President for Government Programmes, Ari Bouzbib, the project puts Ghana’s border control processes on par with the latest, cutting-edge practices worldwide.
By Ekow Quandzie