Welcome


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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Nov 20, 2014

 

U.S. President Barack Obama with Ambassador Lt Gen. Joseph Henry Smith of the Republic of Ghana.

 

Nov 7, 2014

GHANA’S Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), His Excellency Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), has stressed the importance of trade between Ghana and the US saying, “trade between the two countries, remains very important in advancing investment and business linkages between Ghana and the US”.

Interacting with members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the Chambers’ office in Washington DC last Friday, October 31, 2014, Ambassador Smith used the occasion to invite the U.S. business community to partner Ghanaian businesses to help accelerate infrastructural development in Ghana.

Nov 7, 2014

His Excellency, Lt. Gen. J. H. Smith, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, last Thursday, October 30, 2014 joined other African Ambassadors in Washington DC to sign a book of condolence opened at the Zambian Embassy in Washington DC as the country mourns President Michael Sata, who passed away at the King Edward VII Hospital in the United Kingdom.

Nov 7, 2014

A 28 member Tema Youth Choir, who were on a three-week tour of the United States of America, on Monday, October 27, 2014 paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, His Excellency Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith at the Embassy.

Oct 30, 2014

Payment of Consular Services At The Embassy of Ghana

Oct 20, 2014

President John Dramani Mahama, is in London for a number of international engagements which includes a meeting with the British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth ll at the Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Oct 17, 2014

With the successful end of the second round of talks between the Government of Ghana and the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) in Washington DC, the Ghanaian economy is hopeful of bouncing back from its recent fiscal imbalances.

Reuters  News Agency on Friday,  October  17, 2014 said Ghana's Deputy Finance Minister Cassiel Ato Forson told the Agency on Thursday after talks with the IMF in Washington that a deal was close and that a decisive meeting would take place in the first week of November.

A statement from the IMF also confirmed the progress with the talks as below.

 

Oct 9, 2014

His Excellency, Lt Gen, (Rtd) Joseph Henry Smith, CV, LM (USA) will be arriving in Washington DC on Saturday, October 11, 2014 to assume duty as Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA).

Oct 9, 2014

 

His Excellency, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Ghana’s Vice-President, will be arriving in Washington DC for talks with International Monetary Fund (IMF) from Friday, October 10, 2014.

Oct 7, 2014

Cocoa Link, an amalgamation of Ghana Cocoa Board, Hershey Company and the World Cocoa Foundation, is the winner of Concordia Summit’s P3 Impact award for the year 2014 and for its prize, was presented with an engraved plaque.