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Chip-Embedded Passports to be Launched in Six Months

Advanced Passports to Debut Without Extra Cost to Citizens

by Ikeoluwa Juliana Ogungbangbe

Meta Description: Ghana is set to revolutionize its passport system by introducing chip-embedded passports within the next six months, as announced by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong. This initiative aligns with the directives from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Canada and represents a significant step towards enhancing the security and functionality of Ghanaian passports.

During an interview with JoyNews on April 3, Mr. Ampratwum-Sarpong shared insights into the transition from the current biometric passports to the new chip-embedded version. He reassured that the existing biometric passports would remain valid for a transition period of approximately one to two years following the introduction of the chip-embedded passports. This grace period will provide ample time for passport holders to switch to the new system without haste.

Addressing concerns about potential cost increases associated with the advanced technology of the chip-embedded passports, the Deputy Minister clarified that there would be no additional financial burden on applicants. “It will all stay the same. At least that 100 extra will be able to take care of the extra cost in introducing the chip embedded,” he explained, ensuring that the standard passport fee of GH₵500 would cover the enhanced features without imposing extra charges on the public.

Comparing Ghana’s passport fees with those of neighboring West African countries, Mr. Ampratwum-Sarpong highlighted Ghana’s position as having one of the lowest rates in the sub-region. With countries like Benin, Burkina Faso, and Cameroon charging significantly more for passport issuance, the Deputy Minister pointed out that adjusting Ghana’s fees could align them more closely with regional standards and support the improvement of passport services.

Despite acknowledging that Ghanaians might be apprehensive about the fee adjustment, Mr. Ampratwum-Sarpong emphasized the ultimate goal of enhancing service delivery. He candidly admitted the current shortcomings in the level of service provided by the passport office and stressed the importance of the fee increase in facilitating better services for Ghanaians.

This forthcoming transition to chip-embedded passports marks a pivotal development in Ghana’s commitment to modernizing its identification systems and improving national security. By adopting this advanced technology, Ghana not only aligns with international best practices but also takes a significant leap towards bolstering the integrity and efficiency of its passport issuance process. As the nation prepares for this transition, the emphasis on maintaining affordability and improving service quality underscores the government’s dedication to meeting the needs and expectations of its citizens in an increasingly digital world.

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