President Akufo-Addo believes the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) government has restored Ghana’s international image in its 23 months in office.
According to him, Ghana’s High Commissioners and Ambassadors, whom he sworn in, have done a tremendous job in enhancing the country’s place among the comity of nations.
He noted that Ghana, over the last two and a half decades, has managed to build an enviable reputation as a peaceful, stable country, and a beacon of democracy on the continent.
Delivering the opening address at the Conference of Heads of Missions, held at Jubilee House on Monday, the President said preserving Ghana’s reputation is very crucial to attracting investments into the country.
He, therefore, urged the various High Commissioners and Ambassadors to “continue in this regard over the period of your tenures in office.”
“It is in our collective interest that we do everything we can not only to preserve this hard-won reputation, but also to attract the investments that will facilitate the structural transformation of our economy, so central to the future prosperity and stability of our country,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He added: “As Heads of Missions, you are now required to be more visible and proactive in your dealings, in order to make the desired impact. You must endeavour not only to interact with the Executive and Legislative arms of Government in your host countries, but also with academic institutions and influential civil society organisations, including the media.
“When this is done, you can be certain that you would have helped to promote Government’s agenda for economic transformation and the prospects that it offers all stakeholders.”
Touching on the challenges facing the Ministry and Mission, the President said a $50 million loan has been contracted “to help in the rehabilitation of the rundown infrastructure of many of our Missions.”