- Bawumia has revealed that the Ghanacard will soon become an electronic passport for all Ghanaians
- This, according to Bawumia would be implemented by the end of the first quarter of the 2022 in 197 countries
- Bawumia added that holders of the Ghanacard in the diaspora would not have to obtain visas to travel to Ghana
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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed that the Ghanacard will soon become an electronic passport for all Ghanaians.
According to Bawumia, the newest function of the Ghanacard, will be used as an e-passport for Ghanaian citizens traveling back home.
Bawumia said the passport, which will have an embedded microchip carrying information about the holder, can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) complaint borders.
He made this known while addressing the topic: “Transforming an economy through digitalization: The Ghana story.”
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This will be effective in 197 countries and 44,000 airports in the world.
He further explained that the card contains biometric information that can be used to verify the identity of Ghanaian travelers.
“It is not widely known that the Ghanacard is also an electronic passport (e-passport) that contains the biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers,” Dr. Bawumia said.
Dr. Bawumia added that holders of the Ghanacard in the diaspora will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana and would not have to obtain visas to travel to Ghana.
Newborn babies to have Ghanacard
Still on digitisation in Ghana, Bawumia has announced that all newborn babies birthed in Ghana will have a Ghanacard number within a few months.
Dr Bawumia said the actual card will be issued when the child is above age 6 when the biometrics are fully formed.
In a report filed by Starrnews.com, Bawumia said that forms part of digital reforms being undertaken at the Births and Deaths Registry.
This he said would make it more in tune with the times and provide better protected information on the citizens and residents of Ghana.
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