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Ministry of Foreign Affairs to introduce chip-embedded passports

The Minister of International Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has disclosed that the ministry had begun discussions aimed toward introducing chip-embedded passports to maintain up the tempo of technological development and improve the safety of the Ghanaian passport.

Ms. Botchway made the revelation on the Meet-the-Press encounter in Accra’s final Tuesday. She mentioned there have been additionally planning to introduce 48-page passports earlier than the top of this yr to fulfill the wants of frequent travelers.

The pinnacle workplace of the Passport Workplace, she mentioned, would even be relocated to make an approach for the development of the Nationwide Cathedral, including {that a} new property had been allotted to the ministry for a brand new passport workplace.

Passport acquisition

The minister said that the ministry had during the last two years launched into numerous initiatives to facilitate the method of passport acquisition for Ghanaians and talked about a number of the initiatives as the net passport software and downloadable Transportable Doc Format (PDF) passport software kinds.

Different such initiatives she mentioned, have been the extension of passport purposes centers (PACs) to eight regional capitals; the institution of the Premium Passport Software Centre; overhauling of passport processing tools; extension of the validity of passports from 5 years to 10 years amongst others.

“I consider most candidates will now attest to the advance within the passport service supply,” she burdened and mentioned regardless that we weren’t there but, we have been making spectacular progress.

In finishing up its mandate as outlined within the Passports and Journey Certificates Act 1967 (N.L.C.D. 155), she mentioned the ministry continued to work in collaboration with different related ministries, departments and businesses (MDAs), such because the Births and Deaths Registry, the Controller and Accountant Normal’s Division, the Ghana Immigration Service and different safety providers, all of which had representatives stationed within the respective PACs throughout the nation.

World Financial institution

The minister introduced that the Passport Workplace had been chosen by the World Financial institution as one of many key public service businesses to obtain help to obtain obligatory logistics resembling printers, cameras, scanners, fingerprint scanners, signature pads, servers, furnishings, and computer systems to reinforce service supply.

She expressed optimism that by the point the nation concluded the implementation of the World Financial institution challenge and different initiatives, Ghanaians can be having fun with stress-free and environment-friendly passport service supply, each at residence and overseas.

Additionally, she mentioned, seven of Ghana’s missions overseas, particularly Berlin, London, New York, Washington, Pretoria, Abuja and Tokyo, processed and issued biometric passports to compatriots within the Diaspora.

She mentioned so as to minimize the bottlenecks related to the acquisition of biometric passports, some missions had adopted the cellular enrolment of passport candidates in the middle of the yr.

The ministry had additionally earmarked The Hague, Moscow, Paris, Oslo, and Brussels in Europe; Beijing and Riyadh in Asia and the Center East respectively; Addis Ababa, Rabat, and Dakar in Africa; Brasilia in South America and Canberra within the Pacific, for the extension of biometric passport service.

Consular help

She mentioned consular help was additionally supplied to a number of Ghanaians who have been stranded in overseas international locations.

This included the help within the repatriation of 31 stranded Ghanaian soccer followers who traveled to observe the 2018 FIFA World Cup Event held within the Russian Federation. The ministry additionally coated the price of the repatriation of the stays of some deceased Ghanaians overseas.

The ministry undertakes this mandate inside the constraints of very restricted sources which generally poses a problem and places undue strain on the Ministry’s funds.

Welfare circumstances

Consistent with its mandate of offering consular help and selling the welfare of Ghanaians each at residence and overseas, the minister mentioned the Ministry, in 2018, obtained 5,200 welfare-related points from its missions overseas.

Out of the quantity, she mentioned 4,797 circumstances have been resolved.

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