With deep regret, the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria wishes to announce the passing away to eternal glory of Ghana's Honorary Consul to Lesotho, Dr. Frank Baffoe, on Tuesday, 13th December, 2016, in Lesotho, at Jesse Hospital in Maputsoe, Leribe District. He was eighty-one (81) years old.
The High Commission, represented by the Ag. High Commissioner, Mrs. Sena Siaw-Boateng, visited Lesotho on Wednesday, 14th December, 2016, to commiserate with the widow, Mrs. Emelia Baffoe, and members of the Ghanaian Community in Lesotho.
Dr. Baffoe obtained an M.A (Econ) from the University of Munich, Germany, and a Ph.D in Business Administration from the Knightsbridge University, London. He started his professional career at the IFO Institute of Economic Research, Africa Studies Centre, Munich, from 1970 -1972, and became a Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, at the Makerere University in Uganda from 1973-1975, and later a Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS), University of Swaziland, and the National University of Lesotho between the years 1975 and 1985.
He left Academia in 1985 to become an Entrepreneur and established five family legally incorporated private companies and had been the Chairman and Chief Executive. He was also Chairman and Shareholder of BR Mining Africa, incorporated in Ghana in 2012, and was a Facilitator of Finance and Technology for African Governments under the Public Private Partnership Model.
Dr. Baffoe served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Lesotho, Maluti Mountain Brewery, Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation and the Lesotho Land and Housing Development Corporation. He also served as Advisor to several Ministries of various governments of Lesotho in the areas of Trade and Industry, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development.
He was also a member of the African Association of Public Administration and Management, the Rainbow Toastmasters Club of Maseru, Member and Chairman of Government of Lesotho Mine Negotiation Team (1998-2005), Member and Charter Member of Rotary Club of Maloti – Maseru, District Governor of Rotary International 2010 – 2011, and until his demiseRotary District 9370 Area Coordinator.
He published several research papers, spoke and wrote German fluently, and had a working knowledge of French.
Dr. Baffoe was above all, an illustrious son of Ghana who served the Ghanaian Community in Lesotho with passion and patriotism. He will be fondly remembered by us all in this capacity. He left behind eight (8) children and a wife, Mrs. Emelia Baffoe.
A burial and funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 21st December, 2016, in Lesotho. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
H.E. Ahwoi and spouse, Deputy Amb. Osei-Sarfo, Mrs. Siaw-Boateng, Mr. Nyarku,Dr & Mrs. Baffoe and a cross section of Ghanaians in Lesotho @ Ghana 59th Independence Annivesary.
Ghana has proved once again that it is one of the beacons of success in Africa, and Ghanaians keen acceptance of the tenets of democracy, peace and institutional frameworks, have been touted by the peaceful manner in which Presidential and Parliamentary elections were conducted on 7th December, 2016.
Seven (7) candidates from seven respective political parties were presented for the Presidential elections, including the incumbent President, H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), as well as the leader of the largest opposition party in Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
After two days of collating extensive data on the election results, the Electoral Commission, in the evening of 9th December, 2016, announced Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo as the President-elect of Ghana, with a 53.85% of valid votes cast.
Indeed, in the spirit of good faith and the promotion of peace, His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, honorably conceded defeat and called Nana Akufo-Addo on phone to convey congratulations, even before declaration by the Electoral Commission of the final results.
Kindly find below the Concession Speech of His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, as well as a link to the delivery of the speech:
My Brothers and Sisters,
A while ago, I phoned Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and offered him my congratulations for emerging the winner of the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Every election is a hard-fought battle, and this one was no exception. For those of us who choose to be contenders and go into electoral contests, we go about it as a win-lose proposition.
We believe that only one person can emerge as the winner. And while it is true that only one person can be elected President, in reality, and certainly in a democracy such as ours, every election is an opportunity for the people of this nation to express their will, to have their say in who will lead them in the shaping of Ghana’s future.
In this way, each victory belongs to the people. And the true winner of any election is always Ghana.
It is precisely on account of my belief in Ghana and its future that notwithstanding the irregularities associated with this election, I have decided at this stage to congratulate the President-elect.
With this understanding, I would like to assure the people of Ghana of my commitment to the sustenance of our country’s democracy and would work to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition to the incoming administration.
I remain committed to the unity and stability of our great nation.
I am profoundly grateful to the Almighty God and the People of Ghana for the opportunity to serve in the high office of President.
As President, I have done my bit and made a contribution to the political, social and economic development of our country. I would have cherished an opportunity to do even more, but I respect the will of the Ghanaian people.
I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to the individuals who have made this journey with me.
I wish to thank all of the people who worked on my campaign for their dedication and their tireless efforts.
I wish to thank the leadership of the NDC, all our members, foot soldiers and sympathizers, activists, for their belief in the principles of social democracy and their commitment to the vision of the party.
Likewise, I would like to thank the members of my administration for their diligent service and for bringing to fruition many of the plans we set out to accomplish - the numerous programs that have been implemented and the infrastructural projects that have been completed and ongoing.
I wish to thank my able Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur for his unflinching support and loyalty during our tenure in office.
To the service commanders and men and women in uniform, I wish to extend my profound gratitude to you for your selfless service to Ghana.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with you to ensure the internal and external security of our country and I am very proud of you.
To organised labour, the civil and public services, traditional rulers, the clergy, workers, youth groups and all identifiable bodies, I am immensely appreciative of your contribution to the development of our country over the last four years.
I wish to thank my family, my children, my brothers and sisters, and especially my wife, Lordina, for standing as firmly with me through the times of challenge and difficulty as they have been through the times of achievement and promise.
Most importantly, I am grateful to the Almighty God who has sustained us through the implementation of the “Agenda for Transformation”. I am eternally grateful.
Ghana, this land that we call home, is a powerful nation with a history of taking the improbable and making it possible.
We have been a leader on so many fronts, not just on this continent, but also in the world – from our attainment of independence, to our development of a democracy that maintains at its core a pledge of stability and a respect for the rule of law, to our formation of much-needed peacekeeping and other humanitarian missions for other nations in need.
And we have been able to do all these things because we have always functioned as one nation, one people.
Notwithstanding our diversity, religious faiths, ethnic groups and political affiliations, we have always recognized that we are all, ultimately, on the same side, the side of Ghana and its progress.
We see all throughout the world in countries that are much older than ours the devastation that division and intolerance can bring.
So I pray that as we move forward, even as we voice our differences and possibly even disagree on agendas and decisions and other details of governance, we must always keep in mind the fact of our shared destiny, and the undeniable possibilities of power that exist in our unity.
It has been, without a doubt, one of the most tremendous privileges of my life to serve this great nation as President and to work on behalf of all Ghanaians.
I will leave it to history to be the judge of my time and contributions while in that highest office.
To all the people who cheered us on, who gathered at rallies to show their support, and who queued in long lines to vote for me, I know that this is not the outcome that we wanted and we had hoped for. But I say to you that this day should not mark the defeat of your role in this nation’s political process.
We must do our part to ensure that the progress of all our past governments, from the very first one led by our nation’s founder, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to this most recent one that I have led, continues, because progress does not happen all at once; it takes time and dedication.
In the words of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, “Forward ever, backward never.”
At this point let me commend the Electoral Commission for living up to its constitutional duty in successfully conducting the 2016 elections. My thanks also goes to the media and all stakeholders for their role in these elections.
Once Again, allow me to offer my sincere congratulations to the President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo.
I thank you for your kind attention.
May God bless you all, and may God continue to bless our homeland Ghana.”
In line with efforts to pursue Government of Ghana’s policy of bridging the gap between Ghanaians in the Diaspora and Ghana’s Embassies abroad, and the Mission’s commitment to bring service delivery to the door step of Ghanaians in South Africa and other countries of concurrent accreditation, a delegation headed by Mr. Edward Cofie, Head of the Consular Section, travelled to Botswana on 18th to 20th November, 2016 and Gabon from 25th to 30th November 2016, to capture the biometric impressions of Ghanaians resident in those countries, with the aim of helping them to renew their lost or expired passports without having to travel to Ghana for that purpose.
During the exercise, most of the Ghanaians expressed joy and satisfaction at the decision and thoughtfulness of the Mission to come to them. They expressed hope that this initiative would be continued to save Ghanaians who need that service the ordeal of having to travel from their respective countries to Ghana or South Africa to access the service. They noted that they had been spared the time, as well as the cost implications associated with the travels.
Other members of the Mission’s delegation to Botswana and Gabon were, Mr. Felix Nyarku, Head of Chancery; Mr Percy Nathan Swanzy, Protocol and Consular Officer; and Mr. Alfred Quarshie Mensah, IT officer.
The same delegation had also visited Cape Town for the second time this year, on 4th November, 2016, to undertake a similar exercise.
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.