ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has letters of credence to 22 newly-appointed ambassadors-designate, including Dr Edward Mahama, a presidential candidate in the 2016 election.

Dr Mahama, who contested the presidential election of 2016 on the ticket of the People’s National Convention, has been made ambassador-at-Large, making him a highly ranked diplomat, limited to no country, but assigned to represent Ghana internationally, who would also advise and assist the government on both local and international issues.

The others who received their credentials are: Selma Frances Mancell-Egala as ambasssador to Turkey, Paul Okoh, Egypt, Mercy Bampo Addo, Malta, Kwasi Owusu-Yeboah, Togo, Sophia Horner-Sam, Netherlands, Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa, Denmark, Eliabeth Salamatu Forgor, Namibia, Joseph Ayikoi Otoo, Canada, Napoleon Abdulai, Cuba;

Margaret Ekua Prah, Zambia, Esther Dzifa Ofori, Equatorial Guinea, Prof Abena Pokua A. Busia, Brazil, Paulina Patience Abayage, Italy, George Ayisi-Boateng, South Africa, Naa Bolinaa Sakaa, Burkina Faso, Mike Nii Nortey Oquaye Jnr, India, Sheikh T.B Damba, Saudi Arabia, William Azuma Awinador Kanyirigi, Ethiopia, and Rasheed Seidu Inusah, Ambassador-at-Large.

President Akufo-Addo said the new ambassadors, who had been carefully chosen for their assignments, had distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour in the public service of the country.

He reminded them that they were the most visible symbol of Ghana’s standing as the beacon of democracy on the continent, saying: In all your actions you must guard jealously our country’s image.I am confident it is a charge you would uphold.

He said they had the onerous responsibility to preserve and promote the image of Ghana, whose reputation amongst the comity of nations was high, and to promote Ghana’s commercial interest to the respective countries they have been assigned.

He further asked them to work to ensure that the needed investment was generated to drive governments economic development drive, particularly, the ‘one-district-one factory’, ‘one village-one dam’, ‘planting for food and jobs’.


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