Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed that efforts are being made to get the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to accept the Ghana Card as an e-passport by the first quarter of 2022.
He said this at a public lecture on the impact of Government’s digitalisation initiatives at the Brekuso Campus of the Ashesi University, in the Eastern Region, Tuesday night.
The lecture was on the topic: “Using Digitalisation to Transform an Economy – The Ghana Story.”
The Vice President said the efforts are to allow Ghana Card to be read and verified in ICAO compliant countries and enable holders of the card to board flights to 197 countries and 44,000 airports worldwide.
He added that Ghanaian diasporans who are holding the Ghana-Card would not obtain visas to travel to the country.
According to the Vice President, Ghana officially became the 79th member of the ICAO Public Key Directory community on October 13 2021.
The ICAO Public Directory is a central repository for exchanging the information required to authenticate e-passports.