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ICAO declares Ghana Card as e-Passport; can be used in 44,000 airports across the world

Ghana’s country wide Identity Card, the Ghana Card has been identified globally as a legitimate e-passport in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant international locations and could permit holders of the cardboard to board flights to Ghana from 197 international locations and 44,000 airports worldwide.

This follows a “Key Ceremony” on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 on the headquarters of ICAO in Montreal, Canada, throughout which Ghana, represented with the aid of using the High Commissioner to Canada, H.E Ransford Sowah, acquired the ‘key’ to symbolically suggest the country’s access into the ICAO family.

Thus, the Ghana Card in addition to its destiny biometric equivalents will now be duly identified globally as legitimate e-passport/ID card, in fulfilment of a pledge with the aid of using the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, that Ghanaians everywhere withinside the global might quickly be capable of journey again domestic the usage of their Ghana cards.

Delivering a public lecture on the Ashesi University at the position digitization is gambling in remodeling the Ghanaian economic system on November 2, 2021, Dr. Bawumia indicated that other than appearing because the principal supply of evidence of identification, the Ghana card may be used as an e-passport for Ghanaian citizens, all matters being equal, with the aid of using the cease of the primary sector of 2022.

“It isn’t always widely recognized that the GhanaCard is likewise an digital passport (e-passport) that carries the biometric records that may be used to authenticate the identification of travellers,” Dr. Bawumia said.

He continued, “We had been operating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) this yr to globally set off the e-passport feature of the Ghana card and I am satisfied to announce that on thirteenth October 2021, Ghana formally have become the 79th member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Public Key Directory (PKD) community. The ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) is a principal repository for changing the records required to authenticate e-passports.”

This statement become brushed off with the aid of using a phase of the public, specially individuals of the NDC, as “Impossible” and at quality a figment of his imagination. Senior media personality, Kwesi Pratt Jnr went as a ways as describing it as a “lie.”

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Officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA) say, however, that with the Key Ceremony in Montreal, the PKD permits Border manipulate government to verify in much less than 10 seconds that a Ghanaian biometric e-passport (booklet) in addition to the Ghanacard/e-passport had been issued with the aid of using the proper authority, have now no longer been altered, and aren’t copies or cloned documents.

A assertion issued with the aid of using the Authority examine in part, “In realistic terms, which means that it’ll now be quicker and greater powerful for border manipulate government to affirm the identification of holders of Ghana’s passports. The Key Ceremony is the very last level of the implementation of Ghana’s e-passport project.”

In short remarks, H.E Ransford Sowah defined that the Ghana Card carries the biometric records of the holder with a cryptographic virtual signature saved on a chip that may be used to authenticate the identification of travellers.

“This makes Ghana one of the few international locations withinside the global in which the country wide ID card additionally has an e-passport capability,” he emphasized.

He continued, “This method that with this Key Ceremony, all holders of the Ghana Card have an ICAO compliant e-passport that may be examine and validated in any respect ICAO compliant airports/borderposts throughout the global. It may be used for global journey; problem of path to visa regulations and bilateral agreements. Indeed, the Ghana Card is already legitimate for journey in all ECOWAS international locations.

“For Ghanaians dwelling or born withinside the diaspora, holders of the Ghana Card may be allowed to board any flight to Ghana with none visa requirement as we are seeking to present an inclusive Akwaaba enjoy to all kids and descendants of our motherland.”