Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh has announced a new chip embedded Ghanaian passport to be issued out to Ghanaians from next year in a meeting with Ghanaians living in Tokyo, Japan.
The upgraded Ghanaian passport will replace the current biometric passport.
She noted that procurement processes are ongoing to build up the infrastructure across all ten regions in Ghana for the exercise to start.
“What we are going to do is not to give you a biometric passport but rather to upgrade the system to begin to issue from next year, the chip embedded passport. We are therefore going through a procurement process to build up the infrastructure across all our embassies” she said.
“That is our 57 missions and consulates, the passport office in Accra and ten regional passport application centres so that across all the embassies of Ghana, you will now be able to apply for what will be the chip embedded Ghanaian passport which is an upgrade on the biometric passport” she added.
According to the foreign minister, a data capturing centre will be opened in Japan, adding that all passport forms will be put online but applicants will have to provide supporting documents to fill the forms.
“What we will have in Japan is a data capturing centre. You will still have to fill a passport form but one of things we are doing is that we are putting the forms online. You will have to provide your supporting documentation, your birth certificate, information that proves you are who you say you are.”
Tetteh is in the company of president John Mahama to boost bilateral ties between Accra and Tokyo. On Thursday, president Mahama announced agreements between the countries to put up an advanced centre for medical research at the Noguchi Memorial institute at Legon.
Ghana also secured a loan from Japan to construct a new bridge across the Volta River as part of the Eastern Corridor Road Development Project.
The announcement followed discussions between President Mahama and Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe.
Speaking at a joint press conference, President Mahama said “this bridge is part of our eastern corridor road network and will be critical in improving transportation between the Northern part of Ghana and the South.”
“We just signed two agreements. One for the construction of an advanced research centre at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for medical research in Accra and the second for the extension of scholarships for improving the human resource potential of Ghana. These two agreements will go a long way to advance the bilateral population between our two countries,” he added.
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