• HON. SHIRLEY AYORKOR BOTCHWEY (MP) MEETS WITH GHANAIAN COMMUNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA

    Ghana's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), paid a historic visit to the Ghanaian Community of South Africa on Monday, 13th March, 2017.      The visit was in the backdrop of xenophobic attacks in South Africa in February, and the Honourable Minister had deemed it necessary to personally visit and interact with compatriots in the country.        Upon arrival in South Africa around mid-day, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey held a meeting with her South African counterpart, H.E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to discuss and address some of the issues relating to the recent xenophobic attacks.        Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey then undertook a tour of Sunny Side, a suburb of Pretoria, where a lot of Ghanaian-owned businesses and rented accommodation are located. She interacted with her fellow nationals, and got first-hand assessment of their welfare in South Africa.          In the evening, the Honourable Minister joined a high-level panel of senior officials from the South African Department of Home Affairs and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, for an Open Forum organized by the Ghana High Commission at the premises of the Mission.          The Forum was very well attended by Ghanaians across South Africa, who were eager to interact with the Hon. Minister, and also took advantage of the presence of senior officials of the South African Government to obtain responses and clarification on pertinent issues relating to immigration and xenophobia.          Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey thereafter addressed the teeming crowd of Ghanaians and assured them of measures undertaken by the Government of Ghana, under the leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to lighten the burden of Ghanaians and to ensure their welfare both at home and abroad. She took note of some of the peculiar challenges facing Ghanaians in South Africa, and assured them of necessary assistance, where possible.          She further encouraged Ghanaians to join and consolidate Ghanaian Associations in their various provinces, so as to project an organized and united group that can work effectively with the Ghana High Commission and by extension the Government of Ghana, to resolve challenges and also contribute to the development of our beloved country.         It was indeed a back to back schedule of activities for the Honourable Minister, who had purposefully dedicated the one-day working visit to her compatriots in South Africa…. a very successful visit, which will resound for many years to come. Read More
  • Ghana's honorary consul in Capetown hosts public lecture to commemorate Ghana's 60th Independence Anniversary.

      Ghana's Honorary Consul to Capetown, Rev. Dr. Micheal Twum Darko, hosted a public lecture on the "life of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah" at 6:00pm on Monday, 6th March 2017, in commemoration of Ghana's 60th Independence Anniversary. Delivering the lecture was Prof. Kwesi Kwaa Prah, a renowned Ghanaian and African Sociologist and Anthropologist who was a school boy in the days of Ghana's first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and has studied extensively on the life, policy, principles and beliefs of the African legend. Interlaced, with anecdotes on the seasons and the times, as well as developments thereafter, Prof. Prah enthralled his audience with a renewed understanding of colonialism and neo colonialism, and an insight of the African challenge from an African perspective. Present at the lectures were the Honorary Consuls of Madagascar, Georgia, Denmark and Maldives to Capetown, the Consul General of Angola to Capetown, Senior Officials from the Office of the Premiere of Western Cape, the Founder and partners of AfriNEAD, Stellenbosch University. Representing the Ghana High Commission at the event were Mr. Gilbert Sebik, Minister/Trade and Mrs. Elizabeth Sarpomaa Dodoo, Minister-Counsellor/ Information and Diaspora Affairs. Read More
  • GHANA’S NEW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION

    Hon. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is Ghana's 29TH Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. This followed her nomination by President Nana Akufo-Addo, her subsequent vetting and approval by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, and on Saturday, 28th January, 2017, her swearing in by the President. The swearing-in ceremony was held at the Ghana Embassy in Addis Ababa, as the Foreign Minister-designate had travelled ahead of His Excellency the President to Ethiopia to make preparations for the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union. Hon. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is also the Member of Parliament for Anyaa Sowutuom of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Read More
  • GHANA HIGH COMMISSION IN PRETORIA BIDS FAREWELL TO HIGH COMMISSIONER KWESI AHWOI AND DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER FRANCIS OSEI- SARFO

    On Friday, 6th January, 2017, the staff of the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria hosted a vibrant farewell dinner in honour of their bosses, Ambassador Kwesi Ahwoi and his Deputy, Mr. Francis Osei-Sarfo. Present at the farewell dinner was the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Bene M’poko of the Democratic Republic of Congo, several Ambassadors, Chairpersons of Ghanaian Associations, Heads of Companies and Corporate bodies, and Friends of the High Commission. Addressing the gathering, H.E. Kwesi Ahwoi explained that as is the practice in all democratic countries, the Republic of Ghana held Presidential and Parliamentary elections on 7th December 2016, which culminated in a change of government with effect from 7th January, 2017. It was therefore in good conscience and legal morality that himself and the Deputy High Commissioner would bow out now to give room to others to also be of service to Ghana. H.E. Mr. Ahwoi noted that although the sun had set on the call to Ambassadorial duty, it was with a great sense of fulfillment that they celebrate the opportunity to have served their motherland, Ghana. He touted the further strengthening of relations between Ghana and South Africa, as well as the six other accredited countries, during his tenure as High Commissioner, and cited Ghana's successful hosting of South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H.E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and her delegation, for the convening of the 4th Session of the Ghana-South Africa Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation. The session resulted in the signing of several Memoranda of Understanding in the areas of Science and Technology, Energy, Education, Legal Field, Agriculture, Trade and Investments, Standards, to mention a few, and also paved the way for the implementation of earlier agreements. He noted that after the State Visit, facilitated and tele-guided by the Mission, of President John Dramani Mahama to Mauritius in October 2015, there had been speedy implementation of agreements and projects determined by the two countries, such as the grant of Visa Free status for citizens of both countries. With regard to Seychelles, he mentioned that a Fisheries Collaboration Agreement in the Fisheries Sector had been concluded and would be signed in the course of the month. Tourism promotion and collaborations had also been made, resulting in a visit to the Kingdom of Swaziland by the Ashanti King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and also an extension of invitation to him by the Republic of Mauritius, which unfortunately could not be honoured due to unforeseen circumstances. High Commissioner Kwesi Ahwoi’s efforts to create opportunity for more cohesion, unity and brotherliness among Ghanaians in South Africa and the countries of concurrent accreditation, especially Swaziland and Lesotho, culminated in the efficient re-organization and energizing of existing Ghanaian Associations, as well as establishment of eight (8) new Associations over the past year. During High Commissioner Ahwoi’s time in office, a major focus had been the issuance of biometric passports by the Mission, which commenced in June 2016. As at December 2016, the Mission had issued 2,500 biometric passports to compatriots in some Provinces in South Africa. Mission, using the mobile pack had also issued passports to Ghanaians in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Botswana and Republic of Gabon.  He noted that their departure was not a full stop, but a comma - a pause, at best.....a transitional break, which would pave the way for service to Ghana in other capacities. The farewell dinner, a fun-filled event with memories of the past two years, ended in a late night bash with good music that drew all present to the dance floor. Once again, we wish H. E. Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, his spouse Mrs. Ewura-Abena Ahwoi and his Deputy, Mr. Francis Osei-Sarfo, Godspeed and the best wishes for the new year and thereafter. Read More
  • PRETORIA MISSION FACILITATES THE PARTICIPATION OF GHANA IN THE XVI FRANCOPHONIE SUMMIT HELD IN ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR

    PRETORIA MISSION FACILITATES THE PARTICIPATION OF GHANA IN THE XVI FRANCOPHONIE SUMMIT HELD IN ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR The Ghana High Commission in Pretoria in collaboration with the Ministry Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFA & RI) as well as the Ministry of Education, facilitated the participation of Ghana at the just-ended 16th Summit of the Francophonie held in Antananarivo, Madagascar from 22nd to 27th November, 2016 under the theme; “Shared growth and responsible development: conditions for stability around the world and within La Francophonie”. Ghana, which was present throughout the week-long summit attended by hundreds of delegates from over eighty (80) countries including Heads of State, Government Ministers, policy makers and businessmen, was represented by a ten-man delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFA & RI), Hon. Emmanuel Habuka Bombande with the support of Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Mrs Johanna Odonkor Svanikier. Read More
  • GHANA HIGH COMMISSION WINS O.R. TAMBO AWARD FOR “BEST OVERALL STAND” AT THE 2016 DIPLOMATIC FUNFAIR ORGANISED BY DIRCO (DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION)

    Mrs. Hayford and Mr. Sibek (Trade Officer) presenting award to H.E. Amb. Kwesi Ahwoi. The audience at the Diplomatic Funfair Prize-Giving Cocktail shouted in unison "Ghana"!, in response to the question by the Master of Ceremony "who wins the best stall award"? The Prize-Giving Cocktail took place in the evening of Saturday, 29th October, 2016, at the Soutpansberg Guesthouse in Pretoria, after an exciting day of exhibitions, cultural performances, food-tasting and entertainment, which formed part of activities for this year’s Diplomatic Funfair hosted annually by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), at the Union Buildings lawns, Pretoria. The Diplomatic Funfair serves as a key platform to educate the general public about diplomacy and South Africa’s foreign policy objectives, and bring together Embassies and International Organizations accredited to South Africa to showcase and promote cultural diplomacy through creative expressions such as arts, music and global cuisine, and tradeable goods. The High Commission, as always, seized the opportunity to display Ghana in full splendor and exhibit made-in-Ghana products. To consolidate Government’s policy of collaboration with the Private Sector as the major booster of the Ghanaian economy, the High Commission invited Private Sector operatives to participate in the fair as exhibitors. In this connection, Mrs. Josephine Hayford of HayLooks Limited, a Ghanaian International Clothing Company, responded to the Mission’s invitation and was very instrumental in the Mission’s colourful display of Ghanaian garments and accessories at the Fair, which drew large crowds to the Ghana Stall. The Mission staff were also on hand to take visitors on a virtual tour of Ghana by means of brochures, statistical data, and electronic displays on the various sectors of the Ghanaian economy. It was therefore very gratifying that Ghana was not only the Judges’ choice but also the audience’ choice of Best Overall Stall at the Awards ceremony later in the evening. The award comprised a beautifully crafted plaque and two (2) return Airlink tickets from Johannesburg to Capetown Read More
  • GHANA HIGH COMMISSION MOVES TO MTHATHA, KOKSTAD AND THE NORTHERN REGIONS TO EXTEND CONSULAR SERVICES TO GHANAIANS

    Officials of the Ghana High Commission, led by the High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, over the weekend of 21st and 23rd October, 2016, virtually moved the entire Consular Section to the door step of Ghanaians in Mthatha, Kokstad and the northern regions in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The outreach exercise was aimed at alleviating the transportation, boarding and lodging expenses that Ghanaians in South Africa incur, when they are compelled to travel to the High Commission in Pretoria to apply for biometric passports. The Executives and Members of the Ghanaian Associations in Mthatha and Kokstad, as well as it’s cell groups across the northern regions, were overly excited at the arrival of the High Commission team and the much-cherished opportunity to apply and process their biometric passports from the comfort and convenience of their cities. As part of the exercise, town hall meetings were held on Saturday, 22nd October, and Sunday, 23rd October at Mthatha and Kokstad respectively. At both meetings, the Ghanaians marveled at the fact that it was the first time that any High Commissioner of Ghana had visited them and were ecstatic at the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi. Ghanaians in those cities turned up in their numbers to be part of what they termed “history in the making”. Addressing the Ghanaians, High Commissioner Ahwoi expressed his delight to meet with them and encouraged them to foster closer relations amongst themselves, and invite others to join the various Ghanaian Associations in their cities. He explained that this would facilitate the Mission’s communication lines and interaction with Ghanaians in the Eastern Cape Province. He intimated that it was the Mission’s policy to encourage the formation and strengthening of Ghanaian Associations, in the context of the Ghana Government’s Diaspora Policy. High Commissioner Ahwoi revealed that Ghana’s High Commission in South Africa was the first Ghana Mission Abroad to undertake such an outreach exercise using the mobile-pack component of the biometric processing machine, to the benefit of Ghanaians living outside the capital city of host countries. He also noted that the exercise was yet again a demonstration of the High Commission’s commitment to the People of Ghana, wherever they may be located. Similar successful exercises had taken place in Capetown and Swaziland, a couple of months ago, and others are scheduled to take place in Botswana, Gabon, Durban, and a second exercise in Capetown before the end of the year 2016. Other members of the Mission’s delegation to the Eastern Cape Province were Mr. Edward Cofie, Head of Consular Section; Mrs. Elizabeth Dodoo, Minister-Counsellor/Information and Diaspora Affairs; Mr. Felix Nyarku, Head of Chancery; Mr. Percy Swanzy, Consular Officer; and Mr. Alfred Mensah, IT Specialist. Read More
  • HIS EXCELLENCY MR. KWESI AHWOI PRESENTS PROCESSED BIOMETRIC PASSPORTS TO GHANAIAN NATIONALS RESIDENT IN SWAZILAND

    CONTENT GHANAIANS WITH AMB. AHWOI(2ND ROW, 3RD FROM RIGHT) AND DEPUTY AMB. OSEI-SARFO (2ND ROW 1ST) Read More
  • LES FEMMES - THE ALL FEMALE BAND FROM GHANA ON STAGE PERFORMING AT GHANAFEST 2016- MAGNOLIA DELL PARK PRETORIA.

    LES FEMMES - THE ALL FEMALE BAND FROM GHANA ON STAGE GHANAFEST SA 2016, which commenced on Saturday, 17th September, 2016, with a colourful show of Ghanaian traditional cultural performances, alongside a trade show of apparel, artifacts, made-in-Ghana products, drumming, dancing, and rhythmic musical talents, came to an end on Monday, 19th September, 2016, with a two-day well-stocked business exhibition of Ghanaian textile and garments, Ghanaian processed and canned foods, unique hand woven traditional cloth, bags, slippers, alcoholic beverages, chocolates etc, as well as ready-to-be worn off the rack Ghanaian designed apparel, which were brought in by business operators from Ghana.  Welcoming the large crowd to the event on Saturday, 17th September, 2016, at the Magnolia Dell Park, His Excellency Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Ghana to South Africa recalled the virtues and vision of our Great African Leader and First President of the Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as well as his revolutionary leadership in Africa and Ghana in particular, a   vision of one united Africa, which the GHANAFEST SA celebration epitomised.In this connection, H.E. Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi explained that GHANAFEST SA is captured in the context of the bilateral relationship established between Ghana and South Africa which dates back to 25th May 1994, when formal Diplomatic relations was established. The two countries have since then maintained and deepened the diplomatic, political and economic relations underpinned by the signing and implementation of a number of Memoranda of Understandings and Agreements covering various sectors of our development agenda. In support of the commendable efforts of the Ghana High Commission in deepening the bonds of friendship between the two countries, a Goodwill message was delivered by Ambassador Ganga Tsengiwe, Chief Director/West Africa, of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), on behalf of the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Honourable Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. He mentioned that as a pioneer of the decolonization process on the African continent, Ghana served as an inspiration and support for South Africa during the latter's struggles. Touching on the African Union's Agenda 2063, he noted that it provides a roadmap that covers all aspects of African life, as is demonstrated by Ghanafest SA, so that national, regional and continental plans become part of a united effort for Africa's development.Also present at the event was South Africa's High Commissioner to Ghana, H. E. Ms.  Lulama Mary-Theresa Xingwana, other Ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Africa, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Chief Executives of Corporate bodies, among others.The International Organization for Migration (IOM), participated in the event by running a Health Awareness Programme for the general public.     As promised, the Ghanaian all-female live band, "Les Femmes", was on point with musical entertainment that lured the crowd to the dance floor. There was also cultural performances by the Konkomba Association of Ghana in South Africa, the Drum Image Ghanaian cultural group, and South Africa's African Child Dancers.It was fun-filled, entertainment and educational activities all the way. Read More
  • GHANAIAN STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG (UJ) PROMOTE GHANA ON CAMPUS

    GHANAIAN STUDENTS AT UJ DOING THEIR THING ON CAMPUS. For the first time, Ghanaian students of the University of Johannesburg have actively participated in this year’s International Students’ Festival, which is organized by the University to promote and encourage cultural diversity. The event which was held on 16th September, 2016, at the Kingsway Campus of the University, saw a colourful display of the cultures and traditions of over thirty participating countries to an audience of over five thousand, including students and faculty members. The Ghanaian students put together a splendid performance to showcase Ghana’s diverse culture and traditions, and participated in all of the activities of the festival which included a catwalk, cultural performance, display of artifacts, and cooking and serving of local dishes.  In the catwalk session, Ghana’s colourful Kente clothe and the smock (Fugu) were displayed. The students also cooked and served some Ghanaian staples, such as Fufu with light soup, Kenkey with Ghana-style grinded pepper, as well as yam with garden eggs stew. Together with the Ahenfo Cultural Entertainers, a Ghanaian cultural group based in Johannesburg, the students performed several Ghanaian dances to the cheers and admiration of the university community and the general public gathered for the event. The Ghana High Commission highly commends the efforts of our Ghanaian students at the University of Johannesburg, and would like to encourage other Student Groups and Associations to take advantage of such festivals, and if possible create avenues, to showcase and project our motherland, Ghana. Read More
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