The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has charged Ghana’s ambassadors and high commissioners to project the positive changes that have taken place in the country over the last two years in their countries of accreditation.
He said through this they would be able to promote Ghana’s investment potential and engender the support of Ghanaians in the diaspora.
Dr Bawumia made the call when he gave the closing remarks at the 2018 Review of Heads of Ghana’s Foreign Missions Conference at Peduase.
The conference was on the theme "Leveraging Ghana's Foreign Policy for National Development".
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The heads of mission were taken through national issues such as the current economic and social developments, national development agenda and government’s achievements in all sectors of the Ghanaian economy.
They also interacted with Regional Ministers to understand the opportunities that exist in the regions to enable them to promote their investment potentials to prospective investors and other economic actors in their host countries.
The resource persons included the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen.
Dr Bawumia said the implementation of various initiatives and programmes such as the free senior high school (SHS) policy, restoration of nursing and teacher trainee allowances, digital property addressing system, national ID card and the digitisation of many sectors of the economy in the last two years were yielding positive dividend for the people.
He called on the heads of Ghana’s missions to educate Ghanaian citizens abroad on the strides being made at home in order to get them to lend their support to its success while at the same time projecting the prospects and investment opportunities to the investor community.
“I believe that you have had a fruitful conference and that useful conclusions have been drawn which will help us move our country forward and enhance our international efforts for the benefits of our dear country and its citizens,” he added.
Dr Bawumia reiterated a point made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his keynote address last Monday that their contributions in their respective countries of accreditation, as well as the countries of concurrent accreditation should complement the efforts of the government to transform and develop Ghana.
"We are aware of the efforts you are already making in this respect.
We commend you for that. But we are not oblivious of the need and urgency to do more if we are to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda,” he reiterated.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, urged the heads of mission to build and sustain the international goodwill and the solidarity being enjoyed by Ghana to ensure continued socio-economic progress of the country and enhance its stature on the global stage.