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Mar 29, 2016

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CHALLENGES IN THE ACQUISITION OF

PASSPORTS AT GHANA MISSIONS ABROAD

IN VIEW OF THE MANY CONCERNS, THE EMBASSY CONTINUES TO RECEIVE IN RESPECT OF THE ACQUISITION OF MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS, WE REPRODUCE BELOW A COMMUNICATION ISSUED ON THE SUBJECT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION, FOR THE INFORMATION OF OUR CHERISHED COMPATRIOTS:

“ THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION WISHES TO INFORM GHANAIANS RESIDENT ABROAD AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE MINISTRY, THERE IS CURRENTLY A SHORTAGE OF MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS, AND THAT HAS SEVERELY IMPACTED THE ABILITY OF THE MISSIONS ABROAD TO PROVIDE MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS AT THE PRESENT TIME.

THE MINISTRY AND SELECTED MISSIONS ABROAD ARE MAKING EFFORTS TO BEGIN THE PROCESSING OF BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS AT THOSE SELECTED MISSIONS. THERE ARE A FEW TECHNICAL ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED WITH REGARD TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF PROCESSING BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS IN OUR MISSIONS ABROAD AND THE MINISTRY IS WORKING ASSIDUOUSLY TO HAVE THESE ISSUES ADDRESSED.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR ALL THE INCONVENIENCE THAT THESE CURRENT SHORTAGES HAVE CAUSED AND WE DEEPLY REGRET THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED.

WHILE THE MINISTRY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROCESSING OF PASSPORTS, THE PASSPORT BOOKLETS ARE CONSIDERED AS VALUE BOOKS AND ARE PURCHASED AND SUPPLIED TO THE MINISTRY BY THE CONTROLLER AND ACCOUNTANT GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. WE ARE INFORMED THAT THE SHORTAGE OF THE BOOKLETS IS DUE TO DIFFICULTIES THE CONTROLLER AND ACCOUNTANT GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT, IS FACING WITH THE COMPANY ENGAGED IN THE PRINTING OF THE PASSPORT BOOKLETS.

THE MINISTRY REGRETS THE INCONVENIENCE CAUSED TO THOSE AFFECTED AND WISHES TO ASSURE GHANAIANS RESIDENT ABROAD THAT IT IS WORKING WITH ALL THE OTHER RELEVANT GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND IS MAKING STRENUOUS EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION AS QUICKLY AS PRACTICALLY POSSIBLE.

ISSUED BY

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION

ACCRA, 12TH FEBRUARY, 2016”

WE WISH TO INFORM GHANAIAN NATIONALS RESIDENT IN THE UNITED STATES THAT APART FROM WORKING TO RESOLVE THE DIFFICULTIES, THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL MEASURES ARE IN PLACE TO FURTHER REDUCE ANXIETIES OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC:

1.         ALL GHANAIANS WISHING TO TRAVEL HOME ON ANY EMERGENCY, UPON REQUEST, WILL BE ISSUED WITH A TRAVEL CERTIFICATE TO ENABLE HIM OR HER MAKE THE TRIP HOME.

2.         A SPECIAL LETTER WILL BE ISSUED TO ANY SUCH APPLICANT TO BE PRESENTED TO THE PASSPORT OFFICE IN ACCRA FOR A NEW BIOMETRIC PASSPORT TO BE ISSUED HIM OR HER TO FACILITATE THE RETURN JOURNEY.

3.         FINALLY, WE URGE ALL OUR NATIONALS TO BEAR WITH US AS WE FIND LASTING SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.