President Akufo Addo has administered Oaths of Allegiance, Secrecy and Office to 21 envoys charging them to champion Government’s post COVID Recovery Programme by facilitating foreign investment into the country.
At a brief ceremony at the Banquet Hall of the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo asked the new Diplomats to work with the governments of their jurisdiction in the fight against armed conflicts, terrorism, threats of climate change and illicit flow of funds from Africa. Bright Ntramah has filed this report.
The 21 newly appointed diplomats who are made up of 15 ambassadors and 6 High Commissioners include the CDS, Lieutenant General Obed BoamahAkwa, Ambassador to Egypt, former deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charles Owiredu, High Commissioner to South Africa.
Former deputy Director of GBC, Mrs. Francisca Ashietey-Odunton, who was in Kenya has been moved to Turkey, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, Ambassador to the UnitedArab Emirates.
Former Head of Public Relations at the Electoral Commission, Sylvia Annoh, Ambassador to Denmark, former Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama Ambassador to United States Of America, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, High Commissioner to Britain and Northern Ireland, Michael Ofori –Atta, Ambassador – At -Large and Emmanuel Kwame Asiedu Antwi, Ambassador In Situ-Designate among others.
He congratulated them on their well-deserved appointments, saying they were carefully chosen for their assignments because of their distinguished careers in their previous endeavors.
Their appointments come at a time countries in the world are working to return their economies to a state of normalcy, following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most economies have been plunged into recession — businesses collapsed, lives and livelihoods destroyed due to COVID-19.
President Akufo-Addo therefore asked the envoys to strengthen and deepen ties of cooperation and bond of friendship with their countries of accreditation.
He said the recent lunch of the “Obaatampa Care Program” represents the country’s path towards the revitalization of the Ghanaian economy.
He urged the diplomats to familiarize themselves with the objectives of the programme which are core to his second term mandate as it represents the surest way out of the pandemic and will thrust Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity.
The President tasked them to help contribute to the success of the programme by facilitating as much foreign investment into the country as possible.
On behalf of his colleagues, Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, assured the President that they will work to help the recovery process of the country from the impact of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, UK’s Home Secretary, Priti Patel had earlier paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo. They discussed issues of common concerns to their countries.