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.


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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Oct 14, 2016

The Emmanuel Presbyterian Mission Church in Woodbridge, Virginia last Sunday, October 9, 2016 opened and dedicated a new church building the Church has acquire.

His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) joined Very Rev. Dr. Sam Prempeh to unveil the plague to officially declare the building opened.

Oct 11, 2016

Mr. David Adjaye, a Ghanaian architect and lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington DC, on Friday, October 7, 2016 paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith at the Chancery.

Welcoming Mr. Adjaye to the Embassy, Ambassador Smith praised his exceptional qualities as an architect and as a worthy ambassador of the great country Ghana.
Jul 12, 2016


It is announced for the information of the general public that with immediate effect, the Embassy of Ghana has reviewed its Consular fess as follows:-

Jun 30, 2016



His Excellency, Mohamedoun Daddah, the new Ambassador designate of Mauritania to the United States of America, today, June 30, 2016 called on Ghana’s Ambassador to United States, His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith (Rtd).

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.