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President Nana Akufo-Addo swears in first batch of ambassadors

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday, 2nd June 2017 presented letters of credence to eight (8) Ghanaians as Ambassadors to head the country’s missions in other parts of the world.

The Ambassadors are:
1. Alhaji Rashid Bawa – Ghana’s High Commissioner-designate to Nigeria
2. Papa Owusu [former MP for Sekondi] – Ghana’s High Commissioner-designate to the United Kingdom
3. Dr. Adjei Barwuah – Ghana’s Ambassador-designate to the United States of America
4. Ms Anna Bossman [Former CHRAJ boss] – Ghana’s Ambassador-designate to France
5. Mrs Gina Blay – Ghana’s Ambassador-designate to Germany
6. Frederick Daniel Laryea – Ghana’s Ambassador-designate to Cote d’Ivoire
7. Stephen Mahamudu Yakubu – Ghana’s Ambassador-designate to the Kingdom of Morocco
8. Edward Boateng- Ghana’s Ambassador-designate to China

Ghana's New Chief Justice

President Akuffo Addo has now firmly settled on Justice Sophia Akuffo as Ghana’s next Chief Justice following a cabinet meeting.
She will be the fourth most powerful leader in Ghana following after the President, the Vice-President and Speaker of Parliament.

For the second consecutive time, Ghana's Chief Justice is a woman, a historic feat after the appointment of Justice Georgina Wood
in 2007 made her Ghana's first female Chief Justice.

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Brigadier General Kwaku Adu-Befiako (RTD)

Osahene Offei Kwasi Agyeman IV, Akuapem Krontihene, Nana Oye II, Krontihemea, Nana Appiah Anti IV, Tutuhemea, Nana Manko-Aba; Gyaasehemea and Ohemea of Amanokrom-Akuapem, Nana Kwadwo Atiemo Kwabi, Apagyahene, Kronti Division, Nana Akua Yirenkyiwa; Gyaasehemea, Kronti Division, Nana Obeng Kumi II, Mankrado, Mamfe-Akuapem, Nana Kwaku Amane II, Ankobeahene of Tutu, Nana Adwowa I, Ankobeahemea, Nana Gyakyewa, Akyempemhene, Abusuapanyin Ernest Ako, (Former IGP of Ghana) of the Teiko & Ladze families of Akropong Akuapem, Abusuapanyin Kwame Amoah, Abusuapanyin Kwasi Asare of Anafuo Awurade, Abusuapanyin Kwame Dakwa of Tutu Krobo family, Abusuapanyin Owusu Yaw Anoma, Abusuapanyin Kwabena Yirenkyi, Opanyin Amoako Awuku, Opanyin Kwasi Agyiri, Opanyin Yaw Bediako, Mmerewatia Rosalind Ohene Adu, Edwina Essuman, Margaret Kwapong and Jessie Anie, Major General Obed Boamah Akwa, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General William Azure Ayambo, Chief of Army Staff, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Foreign Affairs Minister, the Veterans Association of Ghana and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Christ Congregation regret to announce the demise of their beloved: Brigadier General Kwaku Adu-Befiako (RTD)
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Press Release: Ongoing Scam on social media in the name of the Honorable Minister
The Attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has been drawn to an ongoing scam on social media with some unknown persons using the name of the Honorable Minister to defraud innocent people under the pretext of offering them employment for a fee.

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Joint Declaration By The Economic Community Of West African States, The African Union And The United Nations
On The Political Situation Of The Islamic Republic Of The Gambia On January 21, 2017

1. Following the Decision of the Summit of the ECOWAS Authority taken on 17th December 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, Mediation efforts, including visits to Banjul, were undertaken by the Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, HE President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Mediator, HE President Muhammadu Buhari and Co-Mediator on The Gambia, HE former President John Dramani Mahama, along with HE President Ernest Bai Koroma to mediate on the political impasse with Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh,

2. Following further mediation efforts by HE President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and HE President Alpha Conde of the Republic of Guinea Conakry with HE Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh, the former President of the Republic of The Gambia, and in consultation with the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, the Chairperson of the AU Authority of Heads of State and Government and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, this declaration is made with the purpose of reaching a peaceful resolution to the political situation in The Gambia.

3. ECOWAS, the AU and the UN commend the goodwill and statesmanship of His Excellency former President Jammeh, who with the greater interest of the Gambian people in mind, and in order to preserve the peace, stability and security of The Gambia and maintain its sovereignty, territorial integrity and the dignity of the Gambian people, has decided to facilitate an immediate peaceful and orderly transition process and transfer of power to President Adama Barrow in accordance with the Gambian constitution.

4. In furtherance of this, ECOWAS, the AU and the UN commit to work with the Government of The Gambia to ensure that it assures and ensures the dignity, respect, security and rights of HE former President Jammeh, as a citizen, a party leader and a former Head of State as provided for and guaranteed by the 1997 Gambian Constitution and other Laws of The Gambia.

5. Further, ECOWAS, the AU and the UN commit to work with the Government of The Gambia to ensure that it fully guarantees, assures and ensures the dignity, security, safety and rights of former President Jammeh’s immediate family, cabinet members, government officials, Security Officials and party supporters and loyalists.

6. ECOWAS, the AU and the UN commit to work with the Government of The Gambia to ensure that no legislative measures are taken by it that would be inconsistent with the previous two paragraphs.

7. ECOWAS, the AU and the UN urge the Government of The Gambia to take all necessary measures to assure and ensure that there is no intimidation, harassment and/or witch-hunting of former regime members and supporters, in conformity with the Constitution and other laws of The Gambia.

8. ECOWAS, the AU and the UN commit to work with the Government of The Gambia to prevent the seizure of assets and properties lawfully belonging to former President Jammeh or his family and those of his Cabinet members, government officials and Party supporters, as guaranteed under the Constitution and other Laws of The Gambia.

9. In order to avoid any recriminations, ECOWAS, the AU and the UN commit to work with the Government of The Gambia on national reconciliation to cement social, cultural and national cohesion.

10. ECOWAS, the AU and the UN underscore strongly the important role of the Gambian Defence and Security Forces in the maintenance of peace and stability of The Gambia and commit to work with the Government of The Gambia to ensure that it takes all appropriate measures to support the maintenance of the integrity of the [Defence and] Security Forces and guard against all measures that can create division and a breakdown of order.

11. ECOWAS, the AU and the UN will work to ensure that host countries that offer “African hospitality” to former President Jammeh and his family do not become undue targets of harassment, intimidation and all other pressures and sanctions.

12. In order to assist a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power and the establishment of a new government, HE former President Jammeh will temporarily leave The Gambia on 21 January 2017, without any prejudice to his rights as a citizen, a former President and a Political Party Leader.

13. ECOWAS, the AU and the UN will work with the Government of The Gambia to ensure that former President Jammeh is at liberty to return to The Gambia at any time of his choosing in accordance with international human rights law and his rights as a citizen of the Gambia and a former head of state.

14. Pursuant to this declaration, ECOWAS will halt any military operations in The Gambia and will continue to pursue peaceful and political resolution of the crisis.

Done this 21thday of January, 2017 in Banjul, The Gambia.

ECOWAS-AU-UN Joint Mission to Ghana, 9-12 August 2016
PRESS STATEMENT

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media, Good afternoon and thank you for joining us for this press conference,

1. We are completing a three-day joint high-level mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to Ghana ahead of the general elections of 7th December 2016. The Mission comprises senior officials from the three institutions: the President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Marcel Alain de Souza; and the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs Halima Ahmed; the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, H.E. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi; as well as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

2. The principal objective of the joint mission is to contribute to sustaining democratic governance in Ghana. The upcoming general elections of December will be the last in West Africa for 2016, and it is expected that Ghana will uphold the excellent record of peaceful and credible polls we have witnessed across the sub region in 2015, and so far in 2016. The Mission, among others, sought to: reiterate the strong support of the international community for peaceful, transparent, and credible elections; develop an understanding of the perspectives of Ghanaian stakeholders on key issues and developments ahead of the polls; assess the risks of election-related violence and urge for a peaceful electoral process; explore options to further support dialogue and consensus by stakeholders on critical issues; and gather agreement on all sides for the organization of a Peace Summit which culminates in the signing of a Peace Accord as a reaffirmation of the peace consensus.

3. In the course of this Mission, consultations were held with the Chief Justice, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the Minister of Interior in the presence of the Inspector-General of Police, , the Electoral Commission, senior leadership of political parties, the National Peace Council, religious leaders, civil society organizations, and media associations. The delegation also interacted with members of the diplomatic community and the UN Country Team. .....Read More

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