Ghana’s new Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP), H.E. MRS. Novisi ABAIDOO on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General of the ACP, H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes at the ACP House.
H.E. MRS. Novisi ABAIDOO was accompanied on the visit by Messrs. William Okaikoe and Felix Osei Boateng, Minister Counsellor/Political & Economic and Head of Chancery respectively of the Ghana Embassy.
Receiving Her Excellency into his Office, H.E. Dr. Gomes commended Ghana for her pioneering and supportive role in the affairs of the ACP, which she had, over the years, ably demonstrated, even at the leadership level of the Group. In this regard, he recalled with pride, the successful tenure of Office of H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas and H.E. Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, both former Secretaries General of the ACP Group of States, who where his immediate predecessors.
The Secretary General further praised Ghana for blazing the trail in the West Africa Sub-region by consistently being an oasis of peace and security. He disclosed that Ghana’s high democratic credentials had earned for her, respect and admiration across the world. He expressed the hope that the upcoming 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections would, once again, reinforce this positive image that the country enjoys.
H.E. Dr. Patrick I. Gomes also used the opportunity of the courtesy call to congratulate H.E. MRS. Novisi ABAIDOO on her appointment as Ghana’s Ambassador to the ACP Group of States, noting that her previous stint as Ambassador of Ghana to the Republic of Benin had adequately prepared her for the task in Brussels and would further serve as a springboard to enable her discharge her duties creditably.
On her part, H.E. MRS. Novisi ABAIDOO expressed satisfaction for the warm reception accorded her by the Secretary General. She stated that it was the desire and commitment of His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana to work closely with his colleague Heads of State and Government in the ACP to make the Group a strong and vibrant actor in world affairs. She also conveyed a message of goodwill and solidarity from the Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Hanna Serwaah Tetteh to the Secretary General.
H.E. Mrs. Abaidoo indicated further that Ghana shared the ACP's objective of poverty eradication and the creation of economic opportunities for the most vulnerable people in ACP countries, particularly, women and the youth.
She stressed that it was in this light that Ghana welcomed the leadership of the Secretary General in galvanizing the needed momentum for the issue of poverty eradication to be put at the fore front of discussions at the ACP.
Ghana’s new Ambassador singled out for mention, the evolving cashew initiative, which the Government of Ghana was keen to see concretized and leveraged to accelerate the ACP’s goal of poverty eradication to bring about tangible improvement in the lives of its people. She indicated that harnessing the economic potential of the cashew crop would require that the ACP gave it priority attention, as it had done in recent years to other economically sensitive commodities through commitment of funds to the value chain of the production cycle and hoped that she could count on the support of the Secretary General in that respect.
Touching on the 2016 elections, H.E. Novisi Abaidoo stated that the Government of President Mahama was deeply committed to maintaining Ghana's image as a leading democracy on the African Continent and would ensure that the upcoming elections were free, fair and transparent and held in an atmosphere of peace and serenity.
The two (2) personalities, during the meeting, discussed a wide range of other issues germane to the implementation of the globally adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the recent deal on Climate Change, Migration, Trade, Youth Employment, Development Cooperation, as well as international Peace and Security and Ghana’s Pan-Africanist orientation and her remaining true to her role of leadership in the region on account of this history.
They also exchanged ideas on how the ACP could be supported and strategically positioned to better articulate the concerns of the developing world, particularly, in the process leading up to the conclusion of negotiations with the European Union (EU) for a new Development Cooperation Framework, as the Cotonou Agreement was due to elapse in 2020.