President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Ghana’s image and pride of place amongst the comity of nations, over the past 23 months, has been greatly enhanced and restored
The President made this known on Monday, 17th
Addressing the Conference attended by all of Ghana’s Ambassadors and High Commissioners, he noted Ghana, over the last two and a half
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“It is in our collective interest that we do everything we can not only
With the Heads of Mission deliberating on a range of issues that are the priorities of Government and the Ghanaian people over the course of Conference, President Akufo-Addo was expectant that the outcome of the Conference should serve to deepen further their understanding of their roles and responsibilities, so that they achieve concrete and beneficial results for the nation.
“You are the chief promoters of Ghana’s diplomatic and commercial interests in your respective countries, and this Conference will reinforce that motivation,” he said.
The President continued, “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
Whilst acknowledging the challenges facing the Ministry and Mission, President Akufo-Addo indicated that Government is committed to resolving these challenges, and, as a first step, there has been a modest increase in this year’s budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“It is incumbent on you to exercise prudence in the use of the Mission’s
Respect the rights of your staff
Reminding them of his appeals at their
“It has, however, come to my attention that, in some of the Missions, the exact opposite of my appeal is being adhered to. There are several reports of petty squabbles, turf wars, outright confrontations, and a complete breakdown in relations between some Heads of Missions and their respective Foreign Service Officers. This situation is completely
He put on record his strong opposition to such developments, and urged the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to exercise utmost restraint in their dealings with the Foreign Service Officers, even with those who may be problematic.
“Those, who misconduct themselves, can be duly sanctioned in accordance with the law, after being subjected to due process. I would advise the Minister for Foreign Affairs to investigate and act swiftly in dealing with complaints lodged by a Head of Mission about any officer who misconducts himself or herself, in contravention of the rules and regulations that are to guide their conduct,” he added.
As Heads of Mission, President Akufo-Addo maintained that “you must help create a harmonious working environment. When that happens, you are guaranteed staff who are sufficiently motivated to work hard in order to achieve the desired results and the stated goals of our nation.”