Ghana Unveils New Secure ECOWAS Brown Card

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Chief Executive Officer and General Secretary of the Ghana Bureau of the ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme, Mr Gabriel Glover has unveiled a new secured ECOWAS Brown Card to check the use of fake brown cards in the system, Footprint to Africa reports.

The card which is an improved certificate with single leaflet format, has security features and a hologram and printed in invisible ink and visible only under ultra violet light. It has on spot check watermarked with a two-colour secured fluorescent fibre inlaid.

Glover introduced the new card at separate capacity building seminars for the stakeholders and participants that included personnel from the Ghana Immigration Service and the Police MTTU, as well as freight forwarders at Aflao and Ho in the Volta Region.

The seminar was to educate stakeholders on the operations of the scheme and the role that stakeholders needed to play to make the scheme effective.

Glover explained that the scheme was one of the first protocols to be implemented since the birth of the ECOWAS in 1975 to help promote free movement of persons and goods within the sub-region.

“The ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme was established by Protocol on the free movement of persons and goods across national boundaries of ECOWAS-member states,” he said.

He said Ghana established the National Bureau of the scheme in 1988 which had been operational to date.
The ECOWAS Brown Card Scheme, Footprint to Africa gathered is the sub-regional version of the Green Card in the European Community, the Pink Card of the Arab countries and the Yellow Card within the East African Economic block.

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