Ghana to deploy home passport delivery service


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Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey – Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has announced that it will introduce a home passport delivery service to improve passport acquisition.

The ministry said the move was part of strategic steps to improve service delivery and address the challenges applicants face.

Sector minister Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey revealed this at the inauguration of the ministry’s ministerial advisory council in Accra on Friday.

“We are going to transform our biometric passports into smart passports. We will introduce machine-readable visa stickers and door-to-door passport delivery service to applicants if required, ”she said.

Acquiring a passport in the country has been a nightmare for applicants over the years, with some having to wait months to access the document.

Although the ministry has introduced an online passport application service, the challenge has not been fully resolved as applicants have to go to designated passport offices after completing the online process for their biometric details to be entered. .

Ms Botchwey said one of the strategic goals of the ministry was to improve Ghana’s image and influence abroad and that the ministry would improve service delivery to Ghanaians and foreigners, renovate, build or purchase suitable land properties to improve its image abroad.

She said promoting regional peace and security and multilateral relations were among the ministry’s priority arrears for the next four years.

“As President of ECOWAS, Ghana will address conflict situations in West Africa, particularly Mali and Guinea as well as the Sahel,” she said.

The establishment of the Ministerial Advisory Council is in accordance with Article 39 of the 1993 Civil Service Law, PNDC Law 327.

The board is responsible for advising the ministry at the highest level for effective performance and decision-making.

The Council is chaired by Ms. Botchwey, with her two deputies – Mr. Kwaku Apratwum-Sarpong and Mr. Thomas Mbomba.

The other members of the Council are: Mr. Brian Acheampong, Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs; Ms. Abena Osei -Asare, Deputy Minister of Finance; Mr. Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister of National Security; Mr. Yoofi Grant, Managing Director of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center; Dr Audery Gadzekpo, former Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, and Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance.

Ms Botchwey said the board would advise the minister on operational policies and strategies and help promote constant interaction between the ministry and its stakeholders.

She commended the members of the previous Council for their service to the Ministry and to the country and expressed confidence that the new Council would help the Ministry to carry out its mandate effectively.

Source: GNA

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