Seven Ambassadors and a High Commissioner have been sworn into office with a charge to safeguard and promote the image and interests of Ghana abroad.


The  envoys included Mr Francis Abakah, High Commissioner to the Republic of Sierra Leone; Mr Emmanuel Enos, Ambassador to the State of Qatar; Mr Ernest-Burke Asare Asiedu, Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia; and Mrs Hannah Ama Nyarko, Ambassador to the State of Israel.


The others were Mrs Perpetual Dufu, Ambassador to the Republic of Angola; Mr Joseph Kwaku Antwi, Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo; Alhaji Sayuti Yahaya Iddi, Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran; and Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Yahaya Iddi, Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo reminded the envoys of their responsibility – diplomatic, ceremonial and administrative and urged them to be mindful of the mandate to represent the country positively, project and promote its image abroad as one of the most stable countries on the continent, a beacon of democracy, governed by the rule of law and respect for individual liberties, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability.


Reiterating the policy of government to seek more private sector equity financing for infrastructure projects, President Akufo-Addo cautioned against the historic resort to more borrowing that had resulted in the ballooning of Ghana’s debt stock while reminding them of their responsibility to drive private sector investment into Ghana.


“You are the chief promoters of Ghana’s commercial interests to the respective countries to which you are going. Promoting Ghana means working closely with our Ministries and Agencies at home, whose duties are to generate investment in the country,” he said.


He re-emphasized government’s commitment to changing the economic paradigm  of the country and urged the envoys to remember the slogans of the government’s flagship programmes― 1-District-1-Factory, 1-Village-1-Damand Planting for Food and Jobs― as the descriptions of his government’s  commitment to the rapid development and transformation of the nation’s industrial and agricultural sectors through the creation of the appropriate macroeconomic environment which would attract domestic and foreign investment into these sectors of our economy. “You have to help in that exercise,” President Akufo-Addo said.


He advised them to strive to develop cordial working relations with the professional Foreign Service officers they would find at their duty posts as they possessed invaluable experience and knowledge which should help them work effectively, adding “You will need their assistance, and they will need your guidance and leadership. Mutual respect is the key to harmonious working relations.”


The President reminded the envoys of the role and importance of the Ghanaian communities in their respective countries to their prospects of success, and urged the envoys to do their best not to disappoint them.


He urged the respective Ambassadors in Kuwait and Qatar, where diplomatic presence was being extended for the first time, to work hard to cement Ghana’s relations with both States to promote mutual co-operation.


President Akufo-Addo reminded the envoys of the objective of government to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, a Ghana with an honest system of governance, free of corruption, self-reliant and exploiting its own resources with hard work, enterprise and creativity, to build the free, prosperous Ghana of the dreams of the founding fathers of the nation.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)