Newborn Babies To Be Given Ghana Card Numbers Effective 2022

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Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed that by the end of the first quarter of 2022, the Ghana card will be recognized globally as an e-passport which can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Complaint borders. In light of this, Ghanaians who hold the card will be permitted to board any Ghana bound flight just by showing the card.

This means the Ghana card, which is a unique biometric identification card, will be accepted as an e-passport in 197 borders globally and 44,000 airports in the world.

This development is as a result of Ghana’s official acceptance on October 13, 2021, as the 79th member of the ICAO’s Public Key Directory (PKD) community, a central repository for exchanging the information required to authenticate e-passports.

The Vice President mentioned that efforts to link the immigration service to the National Identification Authority (NIA) architecture is underway which will enable Ghanaians in the Diaspora to travel easily to Ghana with the card without obtaining a Ghana visa.

Speaking on the issue of Children without the Card, He iterated that all newborn children delivered in Ghana in 2022 will be issued a card number within a few months with the actual card being issued after the child has grown beyond the age of six. The Vice president said the purpose of this is to make public services easy to access and affordable to these children.

This according to him, formed part of digital reforms being undertaken at the Births and Deaths Registry to make it more in tune with the times and provide better protected information on citizens and residents of Ghana.

Dr. Bawumia made these known Tuesday night (November 2, 2021) when he delivered a public lecture at Ashesi University at Berekuso, in the Eastern Region, on how Ghana’s economy was being digitized.

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