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AMBASSADOR’S WELCOME STATEMENT

It is a great honour for me to be appointed as Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America.  Having served here previously as Ghana’s Defence Attaché, I deem it a great privilege to represent my country once again, in this higher capacity as Ambassador.

In this appointment, it will be my endeavour to maintain and strengthen Ghana’s long-established relations with the United States of America and work assiduously to promote and deepen Ghana’s strategic partnership and economic cooperation with the host country.

Ghana recognizes the United States of America as a champion of democracy, scientific innovation and social justice.  Over the years she has pursued these ideals with prudence and single-mindedness.  Beyond that she has lent the weight of her moral sanction and material support especially to the less endowed countries.  In Ghana’s experience, the United States of America has been a principal prop and pillar of Ghana’s development since her independence in 1957.  These development assistance have come through various agencies such as the Peace Corps, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Africa Development Foundation, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, among others.  Our defence cooperation is also being actively pursued through the Africa Contingency Operation
Training Assistance (ACOTA) and the International Military Education and Training (IMET) programme.  Supported by such bulwark, I am convinced that Ghana would be able to work out its own unhindered destiny.

Ghana is gradually but steadily carving a niche for herself as a leading example of a hospitable, tolerant, democratic and development-oriented country that supports and cherishes the democratic values universally accepted.  The country has become a competitive business destination to which both American entrepreneurs and Ghanaians in the diaspora are warmly welcome to do business.  In this regard, the Ghana Embassy would collaborate particularly in the areas of substantial trade flows, energy security, cyber security, fighting piracy and transnational crimes; ensure tourism promotion, cultural exchanges and sports.  As our collective experience has shown over the years, there are certainly more areas of convergence than divergence between our two countries and I hope to champion this cause whilst serving as Ghana’s Ambassador.

I wish to extend my warmest felicitations to you, my compatriots in the diaspora, for your laudable contribution to the socio-economic development of your motherland over the years, and to invite you to respond to the Government’s new initiative in the projected establishment of ‘Diaspora Desks’ in all our overseas Missions.  Beyond its welfare orientation, this channel will offer yet another opportunity to all and sundry, to engage strategically with the various overseas entrepreneurs to bring trade and investment to the motherland.  In this ‘win-win’ venture, which I intend to roll out shortly here in the USA an opportunity would be offered to you to explore your boundless potential in venturing out into the global market to bring business to Ghana and prosperity to self.  I am certain you will join in this worthy cause.

GHANA IS OPEN TO BUSINESS AND EVERYBODY IS WELCOME ON BOARD!

Finally, I wish to add that this website will serve as the interface between our two governments, the diaspora Communities and give updated information on the Embassy’s services and activities.  I invite you to visit the website regularly to discover various aspects of the Ghanaian political landscape, her economy, her culture and her people.  Your feedback will be most welcome.  It is my sincere hope that visitors to the site will find it resourceful and we welcome any constructive suggestions that would help improve our services.

May I now in the Ghanaian tradition offer you all a hearty AKWAABA! (Welcome).

 

 

 

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Jun 15, 2016

Last Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Golden Theater in Broadway, New York, a true daughter of Ghana, Ms. Akosua Busia, made Ghanaians proud with her performance in Eclipsed, a Tony awards Nominated play.

The story line of Eclipsed has it that amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, captive wives of a rebel officer, band together to form a fragile society, until their lives was disturbed by the arrival of the rebel officer’s new wife.

Jun 2, 2016

Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire have renewed their commitment to have an amicable solution to their maritime dispute. Presidents John Dramani Mahama and Alhassane Ouattara made the commitment during bilateral talks in Abidjan yesterday.

Jun 1, 2016

Ambassador of Niger, Her Excellency Hassana Alidou on Tuesday May 31, 2016 paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA).

The two Ambassadors discussed matters of mutual interest to the two countries, especially the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Jun 1, 2016

His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States has been paying courtesy calls on his colleague Ambassadors to discuss matters of mutual interest between Ghana and her neighbours and developments on the African continent.

May 26, 2016

Peace and stability, the two most important essentials every investor look out for is what Ghana is offering investors who are contemplating investing in Africa; His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States assured Business Executives and Investors in New York on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

May 17, 2016

The Ghana Embassy’s participation in this year’s US Cultural Tourism programme, dubbed Passport DC in   Washington DC, attracted 4,574 visitors to the Chancery on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Passport DC is a month-long celebration of International cultures which climax on the first Saturday of the month of May.

May 17, 2016

The credit ratings agency Moody’s broadly meeting the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) programme targets for 2015, is credit positive for Ghana.

In a report authored by Elisa Parisi-Capone, Moody’s Vice President – Senior Analyst, and copied to ghanabusinessnews.com, Moody’s said in addition to broadly meeting the performance criteria under its $918 million three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) programme, the year-end 2015 fiscal deficit of 6.7 per cent of GDP in cash terms surpassed the budgeted 7.0 per cent target and marked a significant improvement from the 9.4 per cent deficit reported in 2014, and the country’s fiscal consolidation efforts included larger-than-expected arrear repayments.

May 17, 2016

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has observed that business confidence among corporate leaders in the country in the first-quarter of 2016 has increased from that of the fourth-quarter of 2015.

The AGI in its 2016 first-quarter Business Barometer report revealed that business confidence increased from the 95.9 points recorded in the fourth-quarter of 2015 to 101.9 points in the first-quarter of 2016.

May 17, 2016

The Bank of Ghana has opted to stay its policy rate at 26 per cent, after its 70th monetary policy meeting, citing easing inflation, stability of the Cedi and a pick-up in economic activity.

“In assessing the current economic conditions, the Committee views the risks to inflation and growth as balanced and therefore decided to maintain the monetary policy rate at 26 per cent,” Dr Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, Governor of the Bank of Ghana told journalists at his first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) press conference since becoming governor .