The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration was informed about the event in Montreal, where the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) approved the Ghana Card as a valid travel document for over 190 nations and 44,000 airports throughout the world.
Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, who had been cited as denying that the Ministry was aware of the situation, stated that he had been mistranslated in an interview he gave to Kumasi-based Akoma FM on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
According to him, he stated to the journalist that he was unable to comment on an ICAO report since he was not a member of the organization.
He went on to say that he didn’t know anything about the Ghana Card being used as an e-passport because the Ministry of Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey had released no formal statement at the time.
“On the evening of February 9, 2022, the Minister told me that she had not issued any comment, but she also verified that she was aware of the event.” And because she knew about it and that it was about to be launched, she invited our Director of Passports to accompany her.
“I stated in my interview that if I claim I am unaware about the Ghana Card, I am lying… When asked about an ICAO report, I told them it wasn’t from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
He went on to say that the journalist’s attempt to question him about the ICAO report was exactly what he denied. “I stated that this news is not from my ministry… If it came from a Ghanaian government source, such as the Vice President’s Office, it would be a different story,” he added.
The Deputy Minister, who is also a Member of Parliament for Asante Mampong, further stressed that the e-passport issue was part of the government’s larger digitization program and was overseen by the Vice President’s Office.
Holders of the Ghana Card, as well as future biometric counterparts, can present it as valid documents at all 197 (ICAO) complying countries and 44,000 airports worldwide and board flights to Ghana, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
At an ICAO ceremony in Montreal, Canada, Ghana signed a certificate of authority into the PKF system.
The country’s certification to enable for the use of the unique biometric identification card for travel was obtained by Ransford Sowah, Ghana’s High Commissioner in Canada.
In addition to the Director of Passports, Prof. Kenneth Attafuah, Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority, was there, as were other government officials.
Ghana had previously been accepted as the 79th member of the ICAO’s Public Key Directory (PKD) community in October of last year.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) (PKD) is a central repository for transferring information needed to authenticate e-passports for travel-related activities.