In preparation towards the launch, the report says, a training session for Regional Immigration Commanders and Information Service Officers on the issuance of the new biometric passports has been held.
Ghana is converting to the biometric passport in compliance with the International Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) deadline for member states to provide their nationals with the new system to facilitate easy movements into member countries of ICAO. The end of 2009 is the deadline for providing the biometric passports to citizens of ICAO member states.
Biometric passports have the following features: holographic foil, watermark paper, invisible and visible foil and digital photographs.
In December 2009, a Slovak company, Innovatrics announced that it was producing the biometric passports for Ghana.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi