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2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Ghana

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 5 August 2010
Cite as United States Department of State, 2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Ghana, 5 August 2010, available at: [accessed 19 February 2018]
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In 2008, Ghana enacted the Counterterrorism Act, which called for implementation of a national identification card. The cards will contain biometric data such as fingerprints and photos, but the national identification card has not yet been introduced. Forms of identification with biometrics were not in widespread use, although the Ghanaian driver's license is issued with a fingerprint as part of the individual's application. Most citizens use their voter registration card and a passport for identification. In 2009, Ghanaian passports issued were machine readable but lacked biometric features.

Ghana passed an anti-money laundering law in 2008 that provided for the establishment of a Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). At the end of 2009, the FIU was not yet operational. However, six potential FIU members, including the Chief Executive Officer, were identified and sent to the United States for training.

U.S. Africa Command provided technical and training assistance to the Ghanaian Navy for the three "Defender" class patrol boats they received in 2008 and the additional four boats delivered in December. The patrol boats are intended to improve maritime interdiction capacity and to address Ghana's limited ability to patrol its porous borders.

The Governments of Ghana and Togo signed an agreement in October to cooperate on crime and security problems such as human trafficking, small weapons trafficking, money laundering, and counterterrorism. The agreement is part of a larger strategy to accelerate regional integration and the free movement of persons, goods, and services; and to intensify trade and economic relations within the sub-region.

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