Five new envoys received letters of accreditation from the president of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on June 14, 2023 during a brief ceremony at Jubilee House in Accra.
According to the President, all six individuals were appointed in accordance with Article 74 (1) of the constitution and are Career Diplomats who have reached the pinnacle of their careers and have been chosen to serve as the nation’s nominated High Commissioners and Ambassadors.
They are H.E. Ms. Doris Adzo Denyo Brese, Ambassador to the Czech Republic, and H.E. Mr. Samuel Yao Kumah, High Commissioner to Australia. Ambassadors to Kuwait, Liberia, Libya, and Niger are H.E. Mr. Mark Michael Entsie, H.E. Mr. Kingsford Amoako, H.E. Mr. Alex Owiredu Adu, and H.E. Mr. Mohammed Habib Idris.
These representatives, according to the President, “have distinguished themselves in the public service of our country and are eminently fit, to represent Ghana in their respective places of accreditation.”
“I must perforce, single out for special mention, the High Commissioner designate to the Commonwealth Dominion of Australia. Mr Samuel Yao Kumah. As someone you know, he has until today, been the Director of State Protocol at the Presidency. He has been at my side, since he assumed this role some three years ago. During which time, he has served with commitment, competence, diligence, honesty, humility and integrity,” he acknowledged.
Additionally, “his decades of service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he once served as the Chief of Protocol, has today been rewarded to the highest position available at the Ministry.”
Touching on the necessity of their appointments at this time, President Akufo-Addo said, “government in 2021, launched the Ghana Cares Obaatanpa program, which sets us on a roadmap towards revitalisation of the Ghanaian economy.”
The development of the nation’s light manufacturing sector, the engineering and development of machine tools, ICT digital economy industries, accelerating digitalization, the growth of Ghana’s housing and construction industry, and the establishment of Ghana as a regional hub are the main components of this program, he continued.
He said, “Creating jobs for young people and expanding opportunities to the vulnerable in society, including physically challenged persons, are also part of the key areas.” He stated that assessing and optimizing the implementation of government flagship and e-programs, as well as providing jobs for young people, are also among them.
With these at the core of his second term, he charged them to “familiarise themselves with the objectives above as they represent one of the surest ways out of the crisis confronting the nation, and will help the country on the path of rapid progress and prosperity, buoyed on by the continued transformation of the restructure of the Ghanaian economy. Each one of you must help in contributing to the success of this program, by facilitating amongst other things, as much foreign investment into the country as you can.”
With regards to their work at the multi-lateral level, the President urged the new envoys to work with their accredited Governments, towards assisting in the prosecution of the country’s common agenda in the fight against the scourge of armed conflicts, terrorism, and violent extremists, the threats of climate change, and the illicit outflow of funds from Africa and simultaneously promote the image of Ghana, whose reputation amongst the Committee of Nations continues to be high.
“You represent a country that as a result of commendable conduct of the Ghanaian people is regarded as one of the most stable on the African Continent. It has a functioning democracy, governed by respect of the rule of law, individual liberties and human rights, and the principles of democratic accountability anchored on the separation of powers. We are considered a beacon of democracy in Africa. You are the most visible symbol of our country out there, and in all your actions, you must guard jealously our country’s image. I am confident this is a charge you will keep,” he advised.
Concluding, President Akufo-Addo said, “Ghana is in very good terms with all the countries to which you have been posted, our bilateral simulation stands several decades, and our ties of corporation remains strong. Your role is to deepen these even further, as well as explore new areas of effective corporations, which will inure to the mutual benefit of our respective populations.”