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We’re not aware of Ghana Card being e-passport globally – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has said it is not aware of the Ghana Card being confirmed globally as a valid E-passport.

According to the Ministry, it is not privy to the county’s identity card being used as an E-passport.

Ghana officially became the 79th member of the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) community in October 2019.

According to ICAO, with Wednesday’s Key Ceremony in Montreal, the Ghanacard becomes internationally acceptable for travel, and border control authorities can confirm in less than 10 seconds that the Ghanacard/e-passport was issued by the right authority, has not been altered, and is not a copied or cloned document.

In practical terms, this means that it will now be faster and more effective for border control authorities to verify the identity of holders of the Ghanacard.

However, in an interview with Kumasi-based Akoma FM on Thursday, 10 February 2022, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong noted that: “the report is not emanating from my ministry; hence officially I cannot confirm that Ghana Card is now e-passport”.

The Deputy Minister added that: “As at yesterday 9pm, I was in a meeting with my minister and she denied that and said topic is news to her because officially the report is not from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.

Source: classfmonline.com

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