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Ghana card fiasco continues with e-passport confusion

By Jaysim Hanspal

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Posted on February 23, 2022 18:18

A Ghanian woman poses while holding her family’s passports with a U.S. visa in Accra
A Ghanaian woman poses while holding her family’s passports with a U.S. visa in Accra, Ghana February 1, 2019. Reuters/Francis Kokoroko

Confusion continues to reign surrounding the Ghana card after a video of the official International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Public Key Directory (ICAO PKD) joining ceremony revealed further issues on the future of ePassport in the country. 

The PKD is a central repository used to verify and authenticate biographic and biometric information on international travel documents such as digital passports, electronic ID cards and visible digital seals.

In a video that includes Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia’s executive secretary, Augustine Blay, and Prince Ofosu Sefah, administrator of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), the National Identification Authority (NIA) appeared to confirm that Ghana card users would be able to use the new ID “without the requirement of a visa or any other travel document”.

This appeared to be the case in November 2021, when Vice-President Bawumia confirmed that the card would be able to be used in “197 borders globally and 44,000 airports” worldwide.

On 10 February 2022, the ICAO tweeted to “congratulate Ghana for its decision to join the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD)”

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