The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has suggested that embassies operating in Ghana may soon start demanding digital addresses from Ghanaian visa applicants. Although this is not yet a government policy or a directive from embassies, Dr Bawumia thinks this could become a reality.
Dr Bawumia made the comments when he was giving the keynote address at the 2nd Stakeholders Conference under the theme ‘Leveraging Economic Diplomacy for Ghana’s Industrialization Agenda’.
While highlighting the significance of the address system, Dr Bawumia stated that the embassies will be able to better assess the credibility of visa applications going forward, if they make digital addresses a requirement.
“Increasingly, the digital address is being required for you to be able to register for SSNIT or for national ID. If you do not have your digital address you will not be able to register for national ID. We are going to be using it and I am sure even the embassies that are here will increasingly require National Digital Address of anybody in applying for a visa so you can know exactly when to apply for a visa.” Already, visa applicants in filling forms provide addresses for their homes.