Ghana might be getting biometric passports soon as the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 2020 policy platform includes a plan to introduce chip-embedded passports.

Biometric Update reports that the passports comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards for machine-readable documents that support biometric identity verification.

According to the report, the integration of standardised passport photos and computer chips will make the West African country’s passport more secure.

Modern Ghana reports the NPP wants to increase Ghana’s diplomatic footprint and strengthen relations with other countries.

“In view of this, we will be more strategic in our international engagements by focusing on economic, commercial and business benefits accruing to Ghana,” the NPP states.

“We will introduce chip-embedded passports to keep up with technological advancement and enhance the security of Ghanaian passports and implement the project to issue machine-readable visa stickers,” the party adds.

The change will also support self-service and contactless border processes.

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