Ghana: International Affairs Ministry Proposes 544% Enhance in Passport Utility Charge

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The Ministry of International Affairs and Regional Integration is proposing a 544 per cent increment in passport software charges from the present GH¢100 to GH¢644.

The proposed increment is to mirror the rise in printing prices with a view to curb losses the state incurs in printing passports.

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of International Affairs and Regional Integration, mentioned Ghanaians, in comparison with different residents in West Africa pay much less and that “it’s time for Ghanaians to pay sensible costs for passports they purchase to journey starting subsequent 12 months”.

She was talking on the ground of Parliament in assist of a GH¢1.127 million price range estimate for the ministry for the 12 months ending December 31, 2024 which has been accredited.

“Ghanaians pay nearly GH¢100 for a passport but to provide one passport booklet it prices GH¢400 which implies that for each passport that an applicant acquires, the federal government has to place in GH¢300 and this isn’t sustainable,” she mentioned.

In line with her, the proposal was already earlier than the Subsidiary Laws Committee for consideration into the Charges and Prices Act.

“On the price of passport (for GH¢100), it’s not sustainable due to this fact I’ll plead with this honourable Home to take a look at this concern for us. It’s already earlier than the Subsidiary Laws Committee and I hope that Ghanaians can pay sensible costs for passports.”

Passports, Ms Botchwey mentioned didn’t primarily function identification doc for Ghanaians any longer, and that those that wanted them, did so to journey and “I do not assume that they might need us to proceed to subsidise it”.