Gov’t soon to introduce chip-embedded passports to enhance security – MoFA

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has disclosed that the ministry had begun discussions aimed at introducing chip-embedded passports to keep up the pace of technological advancement and enhance the security of the Ghanaian passport.

Ms Botchway made the revelation at the Meet-the-Press encounter in Accra last Tuesday. She said there were also plans to introduce 48-page passports before the end of this year to satisfy the needs of frequent travellers.

The head office of the Passport Office, she said, would also be relocated to make way for the construction of the National Cathedral, adding that a new property had been allocated to the ministry for a new passport office.

Passport acquisition

The minister stated that the ministry had over the last two years embarked on a number of initiatives to facilitate the process of passport acquisition for Ghanaians and mentioned some of the initiatives as the online passport application and downloadable Portable Document Format (PDF) passport application forms.

Other such initiatives she said, were the extension of passport applications centres (PACs) to eight regional capitals; the establishment of the Premium Passport Application Centre; overhauling of passport processing equipment; extension of the validity of passports from five years to 10 years among others.

“I believe most applicants will now attest to the improvement in the passport service delivery,” she stressed, and said even though we were not there yet, we were making impressive progress.

In carrying out its mandate as outlined in the Passports and Travel Certificate Act 1967 (N.L.C.D. 155), she said the ministry continued to work in collaboration with other relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), such as the Births and Deaths Registry, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, the Ghana Immigration Service and other security services, all of which had representatives stationed in the respective PACs across the country.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has disclosed that the ministry had begun discussions aimed at introducing chip-embedded passports to keep up the pace of technological advancement and enhance the security of the Ghanaian passport.

Ms Botchway made the revelation at the Meet-the-Press encounter in Accra last Tuesday. She said there were also plans to introduce 48-page passports before the end of this year to satisfy the needs of frequent travellers.

The head office of the Passport Office, she said, would also be relocated to make way for the construction of the National Cathedral, adding that a new property had been allocated to the ministry for a new passport office.

Passport acquisition

The minister stated that the ministry had over the last two years embarked on a number of initiatives to facilitate the process of passport acquisition for Ghanaians and mentioned some of the initiatives as the online passport application and downloadable Portable Document Format (PDF) passport application forms.

Other such initiatives she said, were the extension of passport applications centres (PACs) to eight regional capitals; the establishment of the Premium Passport Application Centre; overhauling of passport processing equipment; extension of the validity of passports from five years to 10 years among others.

“I believe most applicants will now attest to the improvement in the passport service delivery,” she stressed, and said even though we were not there yet, we were making impressive progress.

In carrying out its mandate as outlined in the Passports and Travel Certificate Act 1967 (N.L.C.D. 155), she said the ministry continued to work in collaboration with other relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), such as the Births and Deaths Registry, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, the Ghana Immigration Service and other security services, all of which had representatives stationed in the respective PACs across the country.



Ms Botchway made the revelation at the Meet-the-Press encounter in Accra last Tuesday. She said there were also plans to introduce 48-page passports before the end of this year to satisfy the needs of frequent travellers.

The head office of the Passport Office, she said, would also be relocated to make way for the construction of the National Cathedral, adding that a new property had been allocated to the ministry for a new passport office.

Passport acquisition

The minister stated that the ministry had over the last two years embarked on a number of initiatives to facilitate the process of passport acquisition for Ghanaians and mentioned some of the initiatives as the online passport application and downloadable Portable Document Format (PDF) passport application forms.

Other such initiatives she said, were the extension of passport applications centres (PACs) to eight regional capitals; the establishment of the Premium Passport Application Centre; overhauling of passport processing equipment; extension of the validity of passports from five years to 10 years among others.

“I believe most applicants will now attest to the improvement in the passport service delivery,” she stressed, and said even though we were not there yet, we were making impressive progress.

In carrying out its mandate as outlined in the Passports and Travel Certificate Act 1967 (N.L.C.D. 155), she said the ministry continued to work in collaboration with other relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), such as the Births and Deaths Registry, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, the Ghana Immigration Service and other security services, all of which had representatives stationed in the respective PACs across the country.

source:ghanaweb.com
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