Ghana Card Can’t Be Used As E-Passport – Ayorkor Botchwey Clarifies

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has dispelled claims that the Ghana Card can be accepted as a travelling document in place of a passport.

Some government functionaries including the vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia suggested the Ghana card had been accepted by ICAO as an e-passport.

The development drew a clarification from ICAO refuting such claims.

Answering questions from MPs, the Foreign Affairs Minister stated that even though the Ghana card has the potential of becoming an e-passport, it has not been accepted outside the ECOWAS sub-region yet.

“To conclude Mr Speaker, I wish to reiterate that even though the Ghana Card bears the technical features of an E-passport and has the potential to be used as an E-passport there is still a long way to go for it to be recognized as such,” the Minister added.


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