Business News of Tue, 27 Mar 20181
Communications, Aviation Ministries beef up IT security at airport
Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful has emphasized the importance of integrating technology into the country’s systems to improve security at various points of entry.
Mrs. Owusu Ekuful believes general improvements in security can lead to a boost in tourism for the country.
Speaking to Citi Business News on the sidelines of the inauguration of seven biometric e-Gates at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Mrs. Owusu Ekuful highlighted the role of such systems in keeping dangerous elements out of the country.
“It is part of the digitalization agenda of the government. So now you have total integrated e-immigration system. You even have criminals on the watch list and the stop list stored on the system. So if you are travelling under the identity of these criminals you would be picked up by the system.”
The Minister also touched on other scenarios that the e-Gates at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) tackle.
“If you’re using a fake document it can be picked up by the system. It improves our general security and also helps with our data collection efforts so we can profile people and keep track of them better.”
Mrs. Owusu Ekuful made the comments in the company of the Minister for Aviation, Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah and the Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) Mr. John Dekyem Attafuah.
The three were taken through a demonstration exercise to ascertain the effectiveness of the newly installed seven (7) biometric e-Gates at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
About the e-Gates system
The e-Gates system is a total integrated e-Immigration system that is capable of regulating entry into and exit from Ghana.
The e-Gates are expected to serve as an automatic border control solution and ease peak traffic workload for immigration by registered travelers. The e-Gates allow travelers to use their passports to automatically enter and exit the country
The focus of the e-Immigration system is the provision of an end-to-end integration of Boarder Control operation, Permit and Visa Management Systems, Business Processes Including document and record management among others.