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Ghana Card can now be used as e-passport in 44,000 airports across the world

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Starting from Wednesday, February 9, Ghana’s National Identification Card, popularly known as the ‘Ghana Card’ will enable holders to travel across 97 borders and 44,000 airports in the world.

Holders of the Ghana Card will therefore be permitted to embark on any flight to Ghana by simply showing the card.

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This follows a recognition of the Ghana Card as a global electronic passport, verified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) compliant borders.

At a ceremony at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal in Canada on Wednesday, Ghana was officially presented with a certificate, recognising the Ghana Card as an e-passport, acceptable in 44,00 commercial airports worldwide.

Speaking at the event, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ransford Sowah, received the token, which signified Ghana’s recognition by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

“This makes Ghana one of the few countries in the world where the national ID card also has an e-passport capability,” he added.

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“For Ghanaians living or born in the diaspora, holders of the Ghana Card can be allowed to board any flight to Ghana without any visa requirement as we seek to give an inclusive Akwaaba experience to all children and descendants of our motherland”, Mr. Sowah stated.

In November last year, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia revealed that the Ghana card will be recognized as an electronic passport globally by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

According to Dr. Bawumia, the Ghana Card, which will have embedded microchip carrying information about the holder, can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) complaint borders.

“When this happens, holders of the Ghana Card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana. Furthermore, the good news for diasporan Ghanaians is that when the Ghana Immigration Service is linked to the NIA architecture, diasporan Ghanaians who hold the Ghana card should not have to obtain visas to travel to Ghana” he added.

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The Vice President made the announcement at the Ashesi University Campus on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 while addressing the topic: “Transforming an economy through digitalization: The Ghana story.”

Giving more details, Dr. Bawumia said government has been engaging the International Civil Aviation Organization to globally activate the e-passport function of the Ghana card.

He stated that as a result, the country is now a member of the organisation’s Public Key Directory community.

“I am happy to announce that on the 13th of October 2021, Ghana officially became the 79th member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Public Key Directory (PKD) community. Ghana’s Country Signing Certificate Authority would therefore soon be imported into the ICAO PKD System through what is known as a Key ceremony”, he disclosed.

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This key ceremony for Ghana, Dr. Bawumia further added will be held at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal Canada by the 1st quarter of 2022.

The event on Wednesday, February 9 in Canada, is therefore an actualisation of the President’s comments in November, last year.

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Mobile Money Transaction Recorded GH¢76.2bn In January 2022

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Mobile Money transaction in the first month (January) of 2022 stood at GH¢76.2 billion, the Bank of Ghana has revealed in its Summary of Economic and Financial Data.

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This is Mobile Money higher than the GH¢67.9 billion recorded in January 2021, but lower than GH¢82.9 billion recorded in December 2021.

Base on the trend of Mobil Money transaction in 2021, one cannot conclude that there has been a decline in Mobile Money transaction, as a result of the anticipated approval of the Electronic Transaction Levy.

In terms of Mobile Money Interoperability, GH¢2.107 billion was recorded in January 2022, higher than the ¢906 million registered in January 2021.

The registered Mobile Money Accounts also stood at 48.4 million in January 2022, up from 48.3 million in December 2021.

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Undoubtedly, Mobile Money remained the biggest payment solution in the country with an estimated GH¢905.1 billion transactions recorded in 2021.

According to data from the Bank of Ghana, the value of mobile money transactions in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December 2021 were estimated at ¢67.1 billion, GH¢67.9 billion, GH¢82.3 billion, GH¢83.8 billion, GH¢86.5 billion, GH¢89.1 billion, GH¢99.1 billion, GH¢81.8 billion, GH¢71 billion, GH¢80.0 billion, GH¢86.1 billion and GH¢82.9 billion respectively.

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Fuel Prices Goes Up By 50p, Crosses GH¢11 Threshold Mark In Less Than 24 Hours

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Fuel prices continue to soar, topping GH¢11.30 per litre in the third week of March 2022 at some stations. Other Oil Marketing Companies are expected to hike their prices as a result of this.

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As we reported it early on, The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC) predicted that diesel may cross the GH¢10 per litre mark.

It added that petrol will cross GH¢9 from Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

COPEC attributed its prediction on the rising cost of crude on the international market and the cedi which is currently depreciating among major trading currencies.

In a statement, it noted that the Free On Board prices of petrol increased by 19.28% from $917.48/MT to 1094.33/MT, diesel by 34.57% from $845.50/MT to $1137.78/MT and LPG by 17.42% from $845.93/MT to $993.25/MT between the first pricing window (1st-15th March 2022) and the second window (16th -31st March 2022).

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“The petroleum price indicators as published by the NPA shows that the price of Gasoil (diesel) will increase by 30.41% from GH¢8.22 per litre in this current window to Gh¢10.721 per litre beginning 16th March 2022 and ex-pump prices of Gasoline (petrol) will increase by 18.25% from GH¢8.22 per litre to GH¢727 per litre within the same period.”

COPEC has also noted that the cedi has seen a sharp depreciation against the dollar by 9.71% from GHS6.8360 to GHS7.500 to a dollar.

In addition, COPEC has said the ex-pump prices of LPG will also increase by 23% from GHS 9.8 per kg in this current window to GH¢12.04 per kg in the next window beginning March 16, 2022.

“This implies that a 14.5kg will be sold at Ghc174.58,” COPEC added.

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Prices of fuel have gone up at the pumps across the country because the Price Stabilization and Energy Recovery levy, which is a key component of the fuel price build-up, has been restored by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) after it was suspended for about three months.

The levy was suspended last year as a means of reducing the burden on consumers.

Already, COPEC has called for the withdrawal of the levy and has now urged the government to adopt the dual pricing module to stabilise fuel prices and the accompanying economic difficulties.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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