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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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Jul 22, 2015

Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), His Excellency Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), has noted, that there is no denying the fact that in an era of globalisation and heightened competitiveness in the pursuit of national interests, no nation can develop effectively without a clear strategy to harness the potentials of its human resource, including its Diaspora and those who consider Ghana as their homeland.

Jul 13, 2015

His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, at a meeting with leaders of the Ghanaian Community in Chicago last Friday, July 10, 2015, emphasised the importance of the Ghanaian Diaspora and their potential in nation building.

Jul 8, 2015

The Embassy of Ghana, Washington DC, in response to appeals for relief assistance for the June 3, 2015 Accra floods/fire disaster victims in Ghana, is partnering various well-meaning Diaspora organisations to solicit both material and monetary support from well-meaning members of the Ghanaian Community and American public to compliment the recovery efforts of the government of Ghana towards victims of the disaster.

Jul 7, 2015

His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Smith (Rtd.) on Thursday, 25th June, 2015 presented his Letters of Credence concurrently accrediting him as Ghana’s High Commissioner to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, the Governor-General. 

Jul 7, 2015

His Excellency, Lt Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd), Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), has observed that in spite of the heavy burden of sickle cell disease on public health in Africa, the disease has not received the attention it deserves in public health programming and resource allocation.

Jul 2, 2015

President John Mahama has stated that he is determined to end what he describes as the boom and bust that comes with every election cycle, no matter the political cost.

Boom and bust is a type of cycle experienced by an economy characterised by alternating periods of economic growth and contraction.

Jul 2, 2015

President John Dramani Mahama has called on Ghanaians to help the government maintain fiscal discipline as the country goes through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.

The President has already indicated that his government will not be coerced to overspend ahead of the 2016 elections.

Jun 30, 2015

President John Mahama has sworn in new boss of Ghana’s Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei.

All seven commissioners of the Commission were also present at the event, which took place at the Flagstaff House Tuesday morning.

Jun 30, 2015

Charlotte Osei has been sworn in as the new Electoral Commissioner, promising to push through electoral reforms needed to deepen the credibility of Ghana’s electoral process.

At a brief swearing-in ceremony at the Flagstaff House Tuesday morning, Charlotte Osei took the oath of office as the new Electoral Commissioner who replaces Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan - a constant fixture in Ghana's elections for decades until his retirement this June.