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Foreign Affairs Ministry unaware Ghana Card is to become E-Passport


Feb 11, 2022 , ,

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the Ghana Card will not be accepted as a genuine e-passport.

The denial comes after reports in the media that Ghana’s National Identity Card has been accepted globally as a genuine e-passport in all ICAO-compliant countries, allowing cardholders to board flights to Ghana from 197 countries and 44,000 airports around the world.

According to widely circulating sources, Ghana, represented by the High Commissioner to Canada, H.E Ransford Sowah, got the “key” to symbolically mark the country’s admittance into the ICAO family on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at the headquarters of ICAO in Montreal, Canada.

On Thursday, February 10, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong told Akoma FM that neither the minister nor her two deputies were aware of the reports. “Because the report is not coming from my ministry, I am unable to certify that the Ghana Card is now an e-passport.”

“As of yesterday 9 p.m., I was in a meeting with my minister, and she rejected it, and the said topic is news to her because officially the report is not from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the deputy, who also serves as the Member of Parliament for Asante Mampong, said in an interview.

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).

“Perhaps the report is from a higher authority,” Ampratwum Sarpong added, “since my minister and her two deputies, of which I am a member, are not privy to the aforementioned information.”

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