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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).

He was appointed Ghana’s Ambassador to the US by his Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana in September, 2014.

Lt. Gen. Smith’s political career began on his retirement from the Ghana Armed Forces in 2002 and was appointed Minister for Defence in 2009 by the Late President John Evans Atta Mills’ administration.

He also served as member of various important bodies, including; the Cabinet of Ghana, the Armed Forces Council, the National Security Council, the Africa Union Security Council, the Presidential Transitional Committee of Ghana and the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Committee.

As an excellent military officer, astute politician and a fine diplomat, Lt. Gen. Smith CV, LM (USA) brings to Washington DC, his exceptional rich experience in his many fields of endeavour.  It is also much to his credit that he is the first Ghanaian, ever, to be appointed to the position of Ghana’s Ambassador to the USA, who has previously served as the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché (DMNAA) in Washington.

Lieutenant General JH Smith CV, LM (USA) has a personal resolute determination to keep an open door policy, to be extended to various stake holders spanning the Ghanaian Diaspora Community; a vision in line with the country’s foreign policy and the “Better Ghana Agenda” of the Government of Ghana, i.e. to promote and deepen strategic partnership, security and economic co-operation between Ghana and the USA.

Lieutenant General JH Smith CV, LM (USA) is married with five (5) children.