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President Akufo-Addo Meets The Ghanaian Community in Belgium

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, 6 June met and interacted with the Ghanaian community in Belgium. Addressing the Ghanaian community in Brussels, Nana Akufo- Addo said even countries without natural resources have made it – focusing on human resource development. He said that youth education and skills training are cardinal pillars for national development. He also told the Ghanaian community about his government’s plans for the country and his commitment to implement all policies and programmes promised during the electioneering campaign in 2016.

President Akufo-Addo was in Belgium to attend the meeting of UN Advocacy Group in his capacity as co-chairperson of the group. While in Belgium, President Akufo-Addo also met with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, who is also a co-chair of the UN Advocacy Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The President also held separate meetings with the Belgian Prime Minister, Mr Charles Michel; and President of the European Commission, Mr Jean-Claude Juncker. At the opening of the 2017 European Development Days (EDD), Europe's leading forum on international co-operation and development, he delivered an address on the theme “Making Gender and the Youth the Private Sector’s Business”

H.E. Novisi Abaidoo Attends Her Maiden ACP Committee Of Ambassadors Meeting As Ghana's New Ambassador to the Group

H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo was on Thursday, 21st January, 2016 formally introduced to the Committee of Ambassadors of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), as Ghana's new Ambassador to the Group, at a brief but impressive ceremony held at the ACP House in Brussels. The ceremony heralded the first meeting of the Committee of Ambassadors for the year 2016.

The Committee of Ambassadors is one of the most important bodies of the ACP governing structures, comprising one representative from each of the 79 member countries of the ACP Group. It meets at least once a month in Brussels to monitor the implementation of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement and carry out any mandate assigned to it by the ACP Council of Ministers. Much of its work is carried out through sub-committees and working groups.

Addressing the august Body, H.E. Novisi Abaidoo reiterated the commitment of the Government of Ghana, under the visionary leadership of H.E. President John Dramani Mahama to offer unalloyed support to the ACP for the ongoing efforts and initiatives to fashion out comprehensive and cohesive positions to advance the collective aspirations of the Group.

H.E. Novisi Abaidoo was emphatic in her speech about the relevance of the ACP Group as a trusted forum for mobilizing the voice and shared aspirations of the developing world, particularly, in advocating for a more free, fair and mutually beneficial international trading system.

To this end, she stated that "Ghana will continue to actively participate in all activities of the Group as we work together to chart a path of a free and fairer trading system and development framework to guarantee our future within the global arena”.

H.E. Novisi Abaidoo Receives A Delegation From The Africa Cashew Initiative (ACi)

L-R, Mr. William Okaikoe, Madam Rita Weidinger, Mr. Seth Osei-Akoto, H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo, Mr.  Joshua Azure, Ulrich Sabel-Koschella, Mr. Adam Abdul-Rahaman and Mr. Felix Osei BoatengA delegation from the African Cashew Initiative (ACi), on Wednesday 13th January 2016, held a meeting with H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo, 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) at the Conference Room of the Ghana Embassy in Brussels.

The ACi delegation was led by its Executive Secretary, Madam Rita Weidinger and included Messrs. Seth Osei-Akoto, a Deputy Director at the Crops Services Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in Ghana and Ulrich Sabel-Koschella, Head, Value Chains Agriculture, Africa Regional Cooperation and Horn of Africa. Other members of the delegation were Mrs. Filomena Albano Maiopue, the Director of the Cashew Promotion Institute (INCAJU) in Mozambique as well as Mr. Chadreque Luis Nhanengue, a Research Officer from the National Cashew Program, also of Mozambique.

Embassy officials who were present at the meeting, were Messrs. Joshua Azure, William Okaikoe, Adam Abdul-Rahaman and Felix Osei Boateng, Minister Counsellor for Trade, Minister Counsellor for Political and Economic, Counsellor for Political and Economic, Head of Chancery respectively.

Welcoming the delegation, H.E. Novisi Abaidoo expressed delight at the visit, and seized the opportunity to commend the ACi for seeking to collaborate with Ghana in the promotion of non-traditional export commodities. She informed the delegation that H.E. President John Dramani Mahama's Administration had prioritized the expansion of the export sector in Ghana as a strategy to accelerate the realization of the government’s Transformation Agenda.

H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo intimated that the Government, through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), had also identified cashew production not only as an agricultural activity but a key industry with huge potential for increased employment opportunities for women and the youth in rural Ghana, with the added advantage to generate income for vulnerable smallholder farmers and was putting in place, the right policies to encourage private sector investment into the cultivation and processing of cashew.

H.E. Mrs. Novisi Abaidoo pays courtesy call on ACP Secretary General, H.E. Patrick I. Gomes

Ambassador H.E. Abaidoo & Secretary H.E GomesGhana’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.

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