April 8, 2013 -
Gemalto has been appointed prime contractor and turnkey supplier to provide the Ghana Immigration Services with a complete visa and border management system.
The initiative, as a part of the eGhana project, is backed by the World Bank and aims to create a modern IT infrastructure that can support sustainable development.
Gemalto will take responsibility for integrating the advanced visa and border management system, including change management, transitional training and maintenance. Through collaboration with Avalon Biometrics, the company will also implement a fully computerized system for visa and permit applications processing and issuance. This also includes the deployment of electronic gates the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
“This advanced electronic identity management system is fundamental to the whole eGhana project,” Ari Bouzbib, Senior Vice President for Government Programs at Gemalto said. “It will put the country’s border control processes on par with the latest, cutting-edge practices worldwide. In addition to helping to transform Ghana, it can serve as a template for modernization across many other countries in Africa.”
Gemalto has contributed to many government programs worldwide, and as we previously reported, was recently selected to provide the Royal Oman Police with an end-to-end electronic passport solution for the Sultanate.
Ghana has been a major adopter of biometric systems as of late. Last year, the country completed an election using biometric verification machines, and now leads the world in biometric voter registration and verification.