Akufo-Addo orders reduction in passport fees 3 months after gov’t plans increases

Akufo-Addo orders reduction in passport fees 3 months after gov’t plans increases

- The charges and fees of passports in Ghana may soon be reduced after a directive was issued by President Akufo-Addo

- This was revealed by the foreign minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway but she added Parliament may have to approve the decision

- In May 2019, she however announced that the charges may be adjusted upwards as the passport office was incurring losses

Ghana’s foreign minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has revealed that passport charges may soon be reviewed downwards.

According to her, the decision to do so is in line with a directive by President Akufo-Addo, and it would therefore be implemented.

However, she went on, the House of Parliament would have to approve the new rates before they can become effective.

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YEN.com.gh understands that this is in contrast with an earlier decision by the foreign affairs ministry to increase the charges.

In May 2019, Botchway allegedly stated that inasmuch as the government does not make any profit from issuing passports, it does not intend to run at a loss.

For that reason, she went on, the fees would be adjusted so that they are more realistic and in line with modern trends.

Per a report by citinewsroom.com, a passport currently costs GHC50 for the standard issue and GHC100 for premium services.

Ghana, meanwhile, is reportedly one of the African countries with heavily-subsidized costs for the processing of passports.

In other news, President Akufo has discussed matters of cooperation and mutual interest with the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

A passport application centre has also been commissioned in Tokyo, YEN.com.gh has learnt.

The plan, YEN.com.gh understands, is to improve the ease of acquisition and renewal of passports by Ghanaians in Asia.

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