Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has scattered claims that the Ghana Card can be acknowledged as a travelling document instead of a passport.
Some government functionaries including Ghana’s VP Dr Mahamudu Bawumia had earlier stated that the Ghana card had been acknowledged by ICAO as an e-identification (E-passport).
The stories making the rounds drew an explanation from ICAO discrediting such cases.
Speaking on the issue at Parliament, the Foreign Affairs Minister has categorically expressed that despite the fact that the Ghana card has the capability of becoming an e-identification, it has not yet been acknowledged outside the ECOWAS sub-district yet.
Responding to questions from the Speaker of Parliament, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey repeated that, despite the fact that the Ghana Card bears the specialized features of an E-passport and can possibly be used as an E-identification there is still a long way to go for it to be recognized as such.