Gemalto Selected as Prime Contractor to Implement a Complete Visa and Border
Management System in Ghana
AMSTERDAM -- April 08, 2013
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653), the world leader in digital security, has
been appointed as prime contractor and turnkey supplier to provide Ghana
Immigration Services (GIS) with a highly secure electronic visa and border
management solution. This initiative is part of the eGhana project, an
ambitious plan with backing from the World Bank to create a modern IT
infrastructure that can support the country’s sustainable development plans in
the years ahead.
With a population of 24 million, the Republic of Ghana is experiencing rapid
expansion of cross-border travel. Recognizing the need to improve the security
and efficiency of its existing procedures, the country’s immigration service
has turned to Gemalto to deliver the benefits of a country-wide electronic
border management system based on biometric authentication.
Gemalto acts as prime contractor and will take responsibility for integrating
the advanced visa and border management solution, including change management,
transitional training and maintenance services. The company will 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 project also covers the set
up of an online portal service for visa application, and the implementation of
electronic gates at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, for rapid,
convenient and automated border control of arrivals and departures.
This mission-critical solution will streamline processes, reinforce national
security and provide the GIS with enhanced border information and
intelligence. Aided by biometric data, the authorities will be able to account
accurately for everyone entering and leaving the country. The system will also
improve the traveling experience, delivering faster and significantly more
convenient border control procedures for visitors.
“To maintain Ghana’s economic development, we need an immigration system that
can meet the challenges of rapid growth in international travel,” said
Commissioner of Police Dr. Peter A. Wiredu, Director of Ghana Immigration
Service. “Gemalto contributed to over 80 successful government programs
worldwide and has all the required project management skills, reputation and
expertise to deliver the country’s new IT infrastructure”.
“This advanced electronic identity management system is fundamental to the
whole eGhana project,” said Ari Bouzbib, Senior Vice President for Government
Programs at Gemalto. “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 (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security
with 2012 annual revenues of €2.2 billion and more than 10,000 employees
operating out of 83 offices and 13 Research & Development centers, located in
We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of
people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop,
bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable
and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile
services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy
protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and
dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design
and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the
confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable.
Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital
services to billions of individuals.
Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to
interact with the digital and wireless world.
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