Four Ambassadors and a High Commissioner on Friday presented their letters of credence to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House to begin their duty tour of Ghana.
The foreign envoys are the Swedish Ambassador, H. E. Carl Michael Grans; the Ethiopian Ambassador, H. E. Hadera Abera Admassu and the Nigerien Ambassador- Lamidosa Lamatou Bala Goga.
The rest are the Jamaican High commissioner, H. E. Esmond Reid and the Russian Ambassador, H. E. Sergei Berdnikov.
At the Ceremonial room, the foreign envoys congratulated President Akufo-Addo on his re-election as the Chairman of the Authority of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as Ghana’s election, as a non-permanent member to the United Nations Security Council.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana H.E Lamidosa Lamatou Bala Goga, congratulated Ghana, particularly, for being elected, as a non-permanent member to the United Nations Security Council and the reelection of President Akufo-Addo as the ECOWAS Chair.
The Nigerian Ambassador said all these achievements are a demonstration of Ghana’s, as well as “your good self” vibrant diplomacy among the comity of nations.
- E. Lamidosa Lamatou Bala Goga, also congratulated Ghana for hosting the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which she said “is the materialisation of the vision expressed by the pan-Africanist leaders.”
The President said relations between Ghana and Niger has a long historical origin, which has culminated in the substantial community of Nigeriens resident here in Ghana and had become part of Ghanaians.
In recent times, President Akufo-Addo said, the relations between the two countries had become stronger which was amply demonstrated by the participation of former Nigerien President, Mahamadou Issoufou when Ghana celebrated her 63rd Independence in Tamale.
The Russian Ambassador to Ghana, H. E. Sergei Berdnikov extended his President’s, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, warm greetings to President Akufo-Addo.
He said the relations between his country and Ghana had been positive, fruitful and a long standing one, though “not deep enough” and wished that the mutual relations between the two country grows deeper and stronger for the benefits of the two nations.
The Russian envoy said the cooperation between Russia and Ghana had centred on nuclear energy, oil and gas, and military, as well as technical cooperation in agriculture and education.
- E. Sergei Berdnikov said through the inter-governmental commission on trade, economic and technical and scientific cooperation, the fourth section which is scheduled in October, this year (2021) would help deepen the mutual relations between the two countries.
He said about 15 different documents that were to strengthen the legal and economic cooperation between the two countries were at different stages of consideration and endorsement.
The Russian envoy said those documents would further be deliberated and finalised and signed to pave way for implementation.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo said the positive and fruitful relations between Ghana and Russian had stem from the assistance from the then Soviet Union, one of the key factors that accelerated the process of the liberation of the continent of African from colonialism and imperialism
“And so, the very beginning of the foundation of Ghana, very strong ties were developed between the first republican status of our nation and Soviet Union…and our first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah paid a famous visit to Moscow in 1961 which has become a significant part of our history.”
Unfortunately, President Akufo-Addo said, “since those days, our relationship had gone down until recently. We are making efforts on our side to bring it back again.”
He said there are many Russian companies investing in Ghana particularly in the energy, mining and agriculture and education sectors and hope that many more will follow.
President Akufo-Addo congratulated them all on their appointments as foreign envoys into “our great country” and hoped that their duty tour of Ghana as foreign envoys will be fruitful and beneficial to all the countries.
The President expressed appreciation for the support of the various countries to Ghana and assured them of his commitment to strengthen the bilateral relations between Ghana and their respective countries.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD