USA Launches New Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program in West Africa

Accra, GHANA- November 15, 2018 – The United States of America, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with the ministries of health in 11 countries, is launching a new, five-year $200 million program to control and eliminate five neglected tropical diseases in Sub-Saharan West Africa. This newly launched program deepens USAID’s efforts to eliminate trachoma, lymphatic ...
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U.S. Embassy Ghana Promotes Youth Leadership and Unity across Africa

Accra – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Christopher J. Lamora hosted a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) celebratory and networking event that gathered members from all three branches of the YALI family: Mandela Washington Fellows, YALI Regional Leadership Center participants, and active members of the online YALI Network.  The event was an opportunity to recognize the contributions of these young leaders, and ...
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U.S. and Ghana Mark Progress in Addressing Child Trafficking

Accra, GHANA- October 31, 2018 – Senior officials from the Governments of Ghana and the United States met on October 31 to review progress toward meeting the objectives of the U.S.-Ghana Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership.  The CPC Partnership began in 2015 and the first high-level consultation in 2017.  The meeting on October 31, 2018 ...
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USA Joins Partners from 12 Countries for Nutrition and Sick Child Conference in Accra

Accra, GHANA— In 2017, a staggering 5.4 million children under five years died around the world– many from preventable causes. Though strides have been made in Ghana, 25 newborns Ghanaian babies die for every 1,000 live births. From October 30- November 1, 2018, 115 newborn and child health experts gathered in Accra to discuss practical ...
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USA-Ghana Partnership for Education

Our Counselor for Public Affairs Roberto Quiroz II and EducationUSA Kumasi advisor Marilyn Owusu recently conducted public outreach programs in the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo regions, where they met students and presented them with books and soccer balls. In addition, they attended a Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) and International Leadership and Excellence Program (ILEP) workshop ...
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U.S. Government Supports Ghana to Develop Anti – Child Labor and Trafficking Strategy for the Fisheries Sector

Accra, GHANA–The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) and the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), held a signing ceremony for the fisheries sector’s new Anti-Child Labor and Trafficking Strategy. The strategy outlines the Ministry’s plans to reduce and eventually eliminate child labor and trafficking in the fisheries sector. The ...
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Welcome Reception Held for 2018 Ghana Cohort of Mandela Washington Fellowship

On October 11, 2018, a welcome reception was held for the  Ghana cohort of the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship. Speaking at the reception, Chargé d’Affaires Christopher J. Lamora highlighted the value of creating space for talented, motivated individuals to gather, learn, share experiences, and help one another grow. He congratulated one of the fellows, Sena Nyame for ...
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Counselor for Public Affairs Roberto Quiroz II’s Remarks at YALI 2018 Welcome Reception

Counselor for Public Affairs Roberto Quiroz II’s Remarks at Welcome Reception in Honor of the 2018 Ghana Cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows Marriott Hotel, Accra, October 11, 2018, 1:30-2:00 p.m. Distinguished 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows, Mandela Washington Fellows alumni present here today, Members of the media, Honored guests,   Akwaaba! It’s an honor to join ...
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USA and Ghana Partnership Advances Early Grade Reading

Yendi, GHANA—One of the key partnerships between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana is focused on promoting a quality education for Ghanaian children.  The collaboration between Ghana’s Ministry of Education and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has advanced early grade reading for school children through the Ministry’s “Dagbani Language ...
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U.S. and Ghana Host 4th Security Governance Initiative Steering Committee Meeting

Accra, Ghana – On Tuesday September 18, representatives from the governments of the United States of America and Ghana participated in the 4th Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Steering Committee Meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Accra. SGI focus area leads briefed Steering Committee members on progress and next steps.   Ghana National Security Coordinator, Joshua ...
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U.S. and Ghana Advance Competitive Procurement in the Energy Sector

Accra, GHANA— On September 18, 2018, Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through Power Africa, launched a 3-day capacity building workshop to discuss competitive procurement of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and infrastructure. The 3-day workshop brought together decision-makers from Ghana’s key ministries, regulators, and commercial entities from the ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Ghana (September 10, 2018)

United States Embassy Accra, Ghana Security Message for U.S. Citizens Planned Demonstration   (September 10, 2018) Demonstration Alert – Kawukudi Location: the route will begin at Kawukudi – Jubilee House through Ring Road to Ghana International Trade Fair, but may be rerouted from Kawukudi to Ghana International Trade Fair, avoiding Jubilee House and Ring Road. ...
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Ghana Receives $190 Million from the United States after Meeting Compact Milestone

Accra, GHANA – Ghana is to receive the second allocation of Compact funds from the United States of America through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in the amount of $190 million after the Ghanaian government met all the required conditions to access the funds. On September 6, 2018, MCC submitted a letter acknowledging Ghana’s achievement ...
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United States of America and Ghana Host Regional Border Security Seminar

Accra, Ghana – On Wednesday August 29, representatives from the governments of the United States of America, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, and Togo participated in a regional border security strategic partners seminar held at the West African Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra, which is operated by the U.S. Department of State’s ...
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Press Statement – Passing of Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC August 18, 2018 I am saddened to hear of the passing of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and express my condolences to the Annan family and to the people of his home country of Ghana. Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for peace and human ...
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Peace Corps Ghana Swears in 33 Education Volunteers

On August 16, 2018, Chargé d’Affaires (Acting Ambassador) Christopher J. Lamora swore in 33 Peace Corps education volunteers. These volunteers will be teaching science, maths, visual arts and special education in various schools in the rural parts of Ghana. Present at the ceremony was Ghana’s minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Peace Corps Country Director ...
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Ambassador Jackson’s Remarks at USAID West Africa Mission Director Swearing-in Ceremony

Good afternoon, colleagues.  It’s wonderful to see you all here for the swearing in of our new USAID West Africa Regional Mission Director, Daniel Moore.  A special hello to Acting Assistant Administrator for Africa Cheryl Anderson, who is joining us virtually from Washington. It’s a distinct honor for me to represent the U.S. government on ...
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America’s 242nd Independence Day Celebration Remarks by Amb. Jackson

Speaking at his very last U.S. Independence day celebration in Ghana on July 4, 2018, Ambassador Jackson sincerely thanked the people of Ghana for the warm welcome and friendship he has been offered throughout his tenure as ambassador. He also praised Ghana’s partnership with the United States for the past sixty-one (61) years, which continues ...
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USA and Republic of Korea Partner with Ghana for Health

During a ceremony hosted at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Accra on June 12, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and Ambassador Sungsoo Kim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the health partnerships of both nations with the Republic of Ghana.  Deputy Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Gloria Quansah ...
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Ghana Improves to Tier 2 Ranking in 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

On June 28, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the eighteenth annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.  The report assesses the efforts of governments around the world to fight human trafficking, including in the United States.  This year’s TIP Report notes the Government of Ghana’s increased efforts to combat human trafficking in 2017, including ...
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Ambassador Jackson: “Not One More Victim” – Seeking an End to Human Trafficking in Ghana

Over my nearly three years as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, I have had many opportunities to reflect on the close ties between our two nations. The U.S.-Ghana relationship is dynamic and rich, marked by deep connections between our peoples in heritage, culture, education, business, and the arts (to name a few sectors). Unfortunately, we also ...
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Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever Promotes Women’s Entrepreneurship in Ghana

American business leader Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever visited Ghana from June 16 through 22 to promote women’s entrepreneurship under the Department of State’s Africa Regional Services (ARS) Speaker Program.  The American author of the award-winning book “How Exceptional Black Women Lead,” Dr. Jones-DeWeever is an expert in business strategies, diversity, and women’s empowerment.  She has also ...
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Ambassador Jackson: “Lift Ghana to Greater Heights Where it Belongs”

On June 22, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson delivered remarks at the “Stanford Seed Transformation Network:  Turning Adversity into Growth” summit held at the Marriott Hotel in Accra.  The theme of the program was “Stories of Leadership in Challenging Times:  Perspectives on the State of Affairs in Ghana and What Will Be Required to Transform and ...
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Ghanaian Youth to Study in the USA

On June 21, the U.S. Embassy in Accra welcomed four Ghanaian senior high students, their parents, and a teacher for an orientation session prior to their three week visit to the United States of America under the Pan African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP).  The students are Emma Hawa, from Tamale Girls Senior High School, Atubsaan ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Set for Fact-finding Mission to Ghana

June 19, 2018 WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced today that he will lead a delegation from the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA) on a fact-finding mission to Ghana later this month. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan will head the delegation on stops in ...
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Statement on Immigration Law and International Agreements

June 20, 2018 Accra, GHANA — As sovereign nations, the Governments of the United States and Ghana each have obligations to their citizens to uphold their laws, as well as obligations to the international community to comply with international agreements. All nations have the right to enforce their immigration laws. The United States embraces its ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes American and Ghanaian Teachers

On June 19, the U.S. Embassy in Accra welcomed four teachers who have benefitted from the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA).  They included Ghanaian teachers Ms. Opokua Ampadu-Sackey, an English language teacher at the Krobo Girls Senior High School in the Eastern Region who is hosting American teacher Ms. Ashly Larrow, and Mr. ...
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George Washington University Dean Visits Ghana

Dr. Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University (GW) and a former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, visited Ghana from June 10 through 12. He was accompanied by Lori Cwalina, GW’s Assistant Vice President for Development at the Elliott School of International Affairs and Alumni. ...
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Ambassador Jackson Hands over Training Equipment to Ghana Police Service

Ambassador Robert P. Jackson has emphasized that the U.S. government values its partnership with Ghana and looks forward to continuing it. He made the remarks during the donation of training equipment packages to the Formed Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service on May, 29 2018. Ghana’s Inspector General of Police – Mr. David Asante-Apeatu ...
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Ambassador Welcomes Back Ghanaian Teachers from ILEP/TEA Fellowship

On May 23 2018, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson welcomed back to Ghana five high school teachers following their visit to the United States under the International Leaders for Education (ILEP) and the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) programs. The Ambassador congratulated them on their visit, and solicited their observations on the highlights from their trip.  ...
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32 Young Ghanaians Selected for 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship

After multiple rounds of review in the United States and across Africa, hundreds of interviews, and tens of thousands of applications, selection for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is now complete. 32 finalists were selected from Ghana! We are excited to welcome them to the United States from June 18 to ...
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Ambassador Jackson Congratulates Webster University Graduates

During a commencement ceremony held at Webster University’s campus in Accra on May 19, Ambassador Jackson congratulated the graduating class of 2018 and exhorted them to seek careers which fulfil a purpose in their lives: “Purpose is an essential element of you.  It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time ...
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Remarks by Political Chief Thomas Lyons: Stakeholders’ Conference on the Right to Information Bill

Stakeholders’ Conference on the Right to Information Bill Remarks by Political Chief Thomas Lyons D.F. Annan Auditorium, JOB 600, Parliament House, Accra Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 11:50 am Honorable Ministers, Members of Parliament, I’d like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you about your proposed legislation to create a ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Melinda Tabler-Stone at the Peace Corps Swearing-In Ceremony

Swearing-In Ceremony for Peace Corps Health Volunteers Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Melinda Tabler-Stone Chief of Mission Residence April 19, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. (As prepared for delivery) Good morning and welcome. It is an absolute honor each time I am called upon to administer the oath to U.S. citizens beginning their Peace Corps service. I ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (April 13, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (April 13, 2018) Location 1 (April 17, 2018): Town center, south of the Kumasi Central Market, concluding in the Aboabo neighborhood of Kumasi, Ghana Event 1: Ongoing demonstrations are expected to take place on April 17, 2018, beginning around 0700 and concluding around 1200 in the town ...
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Statement on the Defense Cooperation Agreement between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana

Accra, GHANA — The U.S. Embassy underscores that the United States has not requested, nor does it intend to request, the establishment of a military base in Ghana or the permanent presence of U.S. troops in Ghana. Reports alleging otherwise are inaccurate and misleading. The Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between the governments of the United ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Accra, Ghana

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Accra, Ghana March 27, 2018 Location 1 (Tonight): The Ghana Police Headquarters area, including the Ring Road at the Independence junction in Accra, Ghana. Event 1 (Tonight): Ongoing demonstrations taking place as of 18:00 today, Tuesday March 27, 2018. Location 2 (Tomorrow): Announced gathering points include, but are not ...
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Public Lecture by Amb. Jackson on U.S. – Ghana Relations at UCC

U.S. Diplomatic Relations with Ghana Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson University of Cape Coast Friday, March 23, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thank you all for your warm welcome.  My wife, Babs, and I are honored to be here at the University of Cape Coast.  I often talk about the fact that ...
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Annual MLK Award Ceremony and Breakfast Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

In a ceremony held at his residence on March 22, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson honored Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin and Mr. Yaw Ofori Debra with the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice. Since 2008, the U.S. Embassy has presented the award annually to one or more Ghanaian ...
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Statement on Status of Forces Agreement

In response to the story released by Joy News on March 20, 2018, the United States Embassy wishes to underscore that the United States has not requested, nor does it plan to establish a military base or bases in Ghana. The current Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the United States of America and the Republic ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson: AMCHAM Farewell Luncheon

AMCHAM Farewell Luncheon Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson Labadi Beach Hotel Friday, March 16, 2018 | 12 noon AMCHAM President Joe Mensah and members of the Board, AMCHAM Executive Secretary Simon Madjie, Representatives from the American business community, Colleagues from the U.S. Embassy, Good afternoon, and thank you once again for such a warm ...
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Town Hall Fair for U.S. Citizens in Ghana

The Embassy will host a Town Hall Fair for U.S. citizens in Ghana in the evening on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. We cordially invite you to join us and our Embassy colleagues to learn about the U.S. Embassy’s priorities, the new Travel Advisory and Alert system, and resources available to U.S. citizens.   When: 6:00 PM ...
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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy (Accra, Ghana)

Location: Tema, Ghana Event: The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed the first recorded case of Lassa fever in the country since 2011. The case was confirmed at the Tema General Hospital. Lassa fever is a rare but potentially life-threatening viral hemorrhagic disease. Actions to Take: · Consult a medical professional if you have been ...
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Ambassador Hosts Memorial Service to Honor the Heroism of Private First Class Emmanuel Mensah

On February 27, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson hosted a solemn memorial ceremony in honor of Private First Class (PFC) Emmanuel Mensah at the U.S. Embassy in Accra. The ceremony welcomed Private Mensah’s relatives and friends as well as senior officials from the Government of Ghana (GoG), the Ghanaian armed forces, and members of the media ...
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Durbar and Wreath Laying Ceremony Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

“I sensed that Africa had come … from the sum of Heaven’s glory.” Ambassador Jackson drew on the poetic words of W.E.B. Du Bois himself when speaking at the durbar and wreath laying celebrating the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’ birth on Monday, February 19, 2018. A venerated scholar, activist and Pan-Africanist, Du Bois moved ...
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Ambassador Welcomes Boxing Champion Isaac Dogboe

On February 16, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson welcomed World Boxing Organization (WBO) Interim Super Bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe to the U.S. Embassy in Accra.  The champ was accompanied by his father Paul Dogboe, Dr. Donald Cog Senanu Agumenu, Ellis Quashigah, Nana Ama Eson-Mensah, and  Maurice Quansah.  In their meeting, the Ambassador lauded the Ghanaian boxing ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Accra, Ghana (February 6, 2018)

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the areas from Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the Arts Center in Accra, Ghana. Event: Demonstrations expected to take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, beginning at 08:30am. The “True Driver’s Association” groups intend to protest the Ghanaian government for the recent increase in the prices ...
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USAID Commissions 4 Community-Based Health Planning and Services Compounds in the Northern Region

Ambassador Robert P. Jackson on January 31, 2018 commissioned 4 USAID funded Community-based Health Planning and Services compounds in Tinsung and Warivi in the Mion district, and  Kunkong and Nkwanta in the Yendi municipality of the Northern region. USAID’s partnership with the Government of Ghana has already supported the construction of eight compounds in the ...
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Ambassador Jackson Commissions Self-Help Project in Guo

The chiefs and people of Guo in the Nandom District of the Upper West Region were elated when Ambassador Jackson commissioned  an expanded Community-Based Health Planning and Services facility, popularly known as CHPS compound. The expansion of the CHPS compound was made possible through financial assistance from the U.S Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program as well as contributions ...
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VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.  Follow ...
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Mandela Washington Fellow Wins African of the Year Award

A 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow from Ghana has been named the 2017 Daily Trust African of the Year. Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar was recognized for his work in de-radicalization and re-integration of would-be extremists in the West African region. The award was presented to him by H.E Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana. Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar ...
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Amb. Jackson’s Remarks at Opening of Training on Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence

Ambassador Robert P. Jackson has challenged each and every officer of the Ghana Police Service to spearhead the fight against sexual and gender-based violence in Ghana. In his opening remarks at a training program organized to equip selected officers of the Ghana Police Service with adequate policing skills on domestic violence and gender-based violence, Ambassador ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice. The Travel ...
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Six Senior High School Teachers From Ghana Selected for Education Fellowships in the U.S.

Six Ghanaian senior high school teachers have been selected to participate in the International Leaders in Education (ILEP) and Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) programs. The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) and the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) bring outstanding secondary school teachers of English, math, science, social studies, and special education from ...
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USAID Promotes Strategic Partnerships in Ghana’s Oil and Gas Sector

Takoradi, GHANA — As part of a program to improve the competitiveness of local businesses, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Ghana held a conference in the Western Region on December 14 for stakeholders in the oil and gas sector. At the conference, participants shared lessons learned and best practices ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Accra on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports of a planned demonstration on Wednesday, December 20th, at 8 a.m., to protest the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The route is reported to begin at Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and end at the Old Hearts of Oak’s park. The U.S. ...
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Seeing the Slaves in Our Midst (Op-Ed by Ambassador Robert Jackson)

Seeing the Slaves in Our Midst By Robert P. Jackson, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Frederick Douglass, the revered former slave turned abolitionist and orator, once wrote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” That quote has resonated with me since the release of the disturbing video of slave auctions in ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jackson at Opening of Pinkberry in Kumasi

At the opening of Pinkberry’s Frozen Yoghurt shop at the Kumasi city mall on December 5, 2017, Ambassador Jackson celebrated American-Ghanaian partnership that will not only serve the people of Ghana a delicious product, but create employment opportunities for Ghanaians and help stimulate economic growth and development. Opening of Pinkberry in Kumasi Remarks by Ambassador ...
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USAID Celebrates Contributions of Women in Agribusiness

Accra, GHANA—On December 5, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MEL Consulting Limited hosted a “Women in Agribusiness” Summit to highlight the contributions of women in Ghana’s agricultural sector. The event brought together women-led agribusinesses, farmers, processors, business service providers, financial institutions, the Government of Ghana and development partners. In attendance ...
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Ambassador Jackson’s Remarks at the Relaunch of AFAM Concept/JF Labs

Ambassador Jackson joined Second Lady Samira Bawumia and more than 2,000 enthusiastic beauty professionals last week for the relaunch AFAM Concept in Ghana. This American company has been marketing its hair products here for the past 30 years! The beauty industry in Ghana is showing tremendous growth — which creates jobs and income, but also ...
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Ambassador Jackson’s Remarks at the Inauguration of the New YALI West Africa Regional Leadership Center

On November 29, the United States and Ghana inaugurated a new building for the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center (YALI RLC) in Accra. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson; the Honorable Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh; Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Rector Professor P. Ebow ...
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Ghana Sends Third-highest Number of Students from Africa to the U.S.

The latest Open Doors report on international education has revealed that the United States hosted 1.08 million international students during the 2016/2017 academic year. This marks a 3 percent increase over the prior year. The number of African students hit a record high at 37,735, marking a 7 percent increase over the prior year. There ...
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AMCHAM Annual General Meeting Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

On Thursday November 16, 2017, Ambassador Jackson hosted this year’s Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce-Ghana. He emphasized the U.S. government’s commitment to work together with both American businesses and the Government of Ghana in our quest to improve trade, create jobs, and make Ghana a place where companies can flourish. AMCHAM Annual ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Reception

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson hosted a reception for alumnae of the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. The program connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a four-week-long program. Past participants from across Africa came together in ...
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Ambassador Jackson’s Remarks at the Appolonia City Groundbreaking Ceremony

Appolonia City Groundbreaking Ceremony Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson November 14, 2017 | 10 a.m. Your Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Honorable Minister of Works and Housing Samuel Atta Akyea, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning.  It is a privilege to join His Excellency the President and the Honorable Minister in this ...
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Ambassador Lauds Judiciary Reform to Enhance Ease of Doing Business

On November 2, 2017, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson joined Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo at the American Chamber of Commerce Ghana luncheon program on the topic “Reforming the Judiciary to Enhance the Ease of Doing Business.” In his remarks, Ambassador Jackson celebrated the strong commercial ties between Ghana and the United States and urged the audience ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Melinda Tabler-Stone at the Biotechnology Workshop for Women in Science

On November 2, 2017, Deputy Chief of Mission Melinda Tabler-Stone joined more than 80 scientists, researchers, government representatives and farmers for the Biotechnology Workshop for Women in Science, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. The forum brought together African women involved in agricultural research and policy making to discuss innovations in agriculture and biotechnology in Ghana ...
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U.S. Ambassador Presents Small Grants to Ghanaian Communities

During an October 31 ceremony hosted at the U.S. Embassy, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson honored nine Ghanaian communities selected to receive grants to promote education, agriculture and economic growth at the local level. The grants, totaling $75,000, are part of the Ambassador’s Small Grants Program. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ambassador Jackson praised the communities ...
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U.S. Supports Press Freedom at West Africa Media Excellence Conference & Awards

On October 27, the U.S. Embassy joined journalists from across the region in participating in the West Africa Media Excellence Conference. The event was attended by Ghana’s Minister for Information, the Honorable Mustapha Hamid; the Minister for Information and Communications Infrastructure for the Gambia, the Honorable Demba Ali Jawo; Ms. Sophie Ly Sow of the ...
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Ambassador Highlights USA Partnership at Ghana Competitiveness Forum

On October 24, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson joined Minister of Business Development, the Honorable Ibrahim Mohammed Awal; Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation, the Honorable Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei; Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, the Honorable Robert Ahomka-Lindsey at the Ghana Competitiveness Forum held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.  The forum was also attended ...
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Ghana Competitiveness Forum Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Honorable Ministers, BCIU President Tichansky, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you and good morning.  This Forum is a testament to the determination of the United States and Ghana to increase official bilateral and business collaborations between our nations.  Our businesses and investors have long been at the forefront of deepening ties between our countries, and ...
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U.S. and Ghanaian Officials Mark Progress in Addressing Child Trafficking and Pledge Ongoing Commitment

Senior officials from the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Ghana met on October 25 to discuss progress in achieving the objectives of the U.S.-Ghana Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership – the first-ever jointly-developed plan to address forced child labor and child sex trafficking in Ghana. The Ghanaian government representatives, the Honorable ...
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Ambassador Hosts Reception to Launch BCIU Ghana Competitiveness Forum

On October 23, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and Mrs. Babette “Babs” Jackson hosted a reception to launch the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) Ghana Competitiveness Forum. The event was attended by Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Mahamudu Bawumia; President and CEO of BCIU Mr. Peter Tichansky; senior members from the ...
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Reception to Launch BCIU Ghana Competitiveness Forum Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Honorable Ministers, BCIU CEO Peter Tichansky, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening and greetings to our many honored guests from the Ghanaian government, the business community, and our the Embassy. I want to thank the Business Council for International Understanding for bringing us together this week.  Since its creation in 1955 at the initiative of ...
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Ambassador Highlights USA Support for Securing Ghana’s Digital Journey

On, October 23, 2017, Ambassador Robert P.  Jackson delivered remarks at an event commemorating Ghana’s National Cybersecurity Week held at the Accra International Conference Center.  The event, titled “Securing Ghana’s Digital Journey,” also featured remarks from the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo; and the Minister of Communications, Honorable ...
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Ghana National Cybersecurity Week “Securing Ghana’s Digital Journey” Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Your Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, Honorable Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps and the U.S. Mission, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning.  I’m delighted to see so many friends, business leaders, and members of the Government of Ghana here today.  Thank you to the Minister of Communications for inviting ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Kente Festival, Volta Region, October 21, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that due to security concerns, U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid the Kente Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 21 in the Volta Region.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to do the same. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local ...
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USAID and Ghana Government Foster Private sector-led Economic Growth through Partnerships

Tamale, GHANA—Recognized as the largest annual gathering of farmers, buyers, manufacturers, government officials, development partners and financial institutions, the Seventh Annual Pre-Harvest Agribusiness event draws private sector investment and encourages the sustainable growth of agribusinesses in Ghana. On October 19, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the U.S. Government’s Feed the ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes YALI-RLC Alumni

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017,  the U.S. Embassy hosted 70 young leaders ages 18-35 from across Ghana and Nigeria. Each had recently completed an intensive 5-week leadership training at the YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) in Accra.  They were welcomed by U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and USAID-West Africa Mission Director Alexandre Deprez.  Other speakers ...
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Diversity Visa Lottery Relaunches Oct. 18 – Nov. 22, 2017

Due to a technical issue, the registration period for the U.S. government’s Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 program is being restarted. All entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. This is a global issue. Any entries submitted before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will not be considered, and ...
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Ambassador Jackson Lauds Exchange Programs

On October 13, 2017, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson lauded “the enormous and indisputable benefits of cultural exchanges” during the AFS Global Citizenship Education Dinner held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra. The event celebrated 50 years of exchanges facilitated by AFS-Ghana. “Thanks to you, countless young people have dared to dream of visiting a ...
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AFS Global Citizenship Education Dinner Celebrating 50 Years in Ghana Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Honorable Minister of State for Tertiary Education Kwesi Yankah, President of AFS International, Daniel Obst, Chair of the AFS Board of Trustees, Vishakha Desai, AFS-Ghana Board Chair, Reverend Alan Okomeng-Mensah, AFS Partners from around the world, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening.  It is my pleasure to join you here tonight to celebrate 50 ...
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Notice Regarding Social Security Services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States. Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Ghana who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal Benefits ...
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USA Partners with Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs

On September 21, 2017, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II attended the Young African Leaders and Entrepreneurs Summit (YALES) organized by Mr. Prince Busia Opoku, Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Human Excellence of Ghana (I.A.H.E Ghana) and members of the organization. The event welcomed over 250 youth and was sponsored by the ...
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Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II at Young African Leaders and Entrepreneurs Summit

Mr. Prince Busia Opoku, Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Human Excellence of Ghana; Dr. Bruce H. Jackson, whose assistance with free leadership programs for everyone who wishes to effectively manage his/her assets and liabilities make a real difference in building new leaders for this region; The C. Charles Jackson Foundation, whose generous support ...
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USA Promotes Youth Leadership Partnerships in Volta Region

From September 15 through 16, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II, Cultural Affairs Specialist Sophia A. Bosompem, and Alumni Coordinator Rukmini Essel traveled to the Volta Region to promote education, entrepreneurship, and the empowerment of youth, women and girls, and to encourage their contributions and efforts to advance development in their communities. See Facebook album ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Accra on Monday, Sept. 18

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of a planned demonstration in Accra on Monday, September 18, 2017, from 07:30 am to 12:00 noon. The demonstration, expected to consist of several hundred people, will reportedly begin at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and end at the Arts Center, but could impact other nearby areas including Cantonments. The U.S. ...
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Ghanaian Students Return from the USA

On September 6, the U.S. Embassy in Accra welcomed five Ghanaian senior high school students — three young women and two young men — following their three-week visit to the United States under the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). The students, who were accompanied by their parents, included Emmanuel Symonds Essiamah from Mfanstpim Senior High ...
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USA Poultry and Egg Export Council Gala Dinner Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

The Honorable Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Creative Arts, Mrs. Catherine Afeku, CEO of the Food and Drug Authority, Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority, Professor Alex Dodoo, Colleagues, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Good evening and welcome to this year’s USA Poultry and Egg Export Council – or USAPEEC ...
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Ambassador Delivers Remarks at Program Launch of Excise Tax Stamp Policy

On August 30, 2017, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson delivered remarks at the launch of Ghana’s Excise Tax Stamp Policy, held in Accra. The event was attended by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, the Honorable Minister of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, the Honorable Deputy Minister of Finance Kwaku Kwarteng, Ministry of Finance Director Tony Dzadra, Commissioner General ...
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Ambassador Robert P. Jackson’s Remarks at Program Launch of Excise Tax Stamp Policy

Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, The Honorable Minister of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, The Honorable Deputy Minister of Finance Kwaku Kwarteng, Ministry of Finance Director Tony Dzadra, Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority Emmanual Kofi Nti, Members of the media, Colleagues, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Good morning and thanks for your welcome. It is ...
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Ambassador Jackson’s Remarks at YALI West Africa RLC 7th Cohort Closing Ceremony

Professor P. Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector of GIMPA, Mrs. Shola Safo-Duodu, the Accra RLC Director, Members of the RLC Governing Council, Partners of the Accra YALI Regional Leadership Center, Our 2017 YALI West Africa Graduates, Members of the media, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my honor to welcome you to the closing ceremony for ...
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Ambassador Jackson Congratulates YALI RLC Graduates

On August 30, 2017, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson congratulated 120 young West African leaders at the closing ceremony of Cohort 7 of the YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Accra. The participants were selected from Ghana, The Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, ...
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United States and Ghana Promote Seed Sector Development

Accra, GHANA—On August 24, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, launched the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG), in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other development partners. NASTAG is a partnership between producers, traders, government institutions and processors in the ...
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Presentation of Woman of Courage Award to Electoral Commission Chair Charlotte Osei Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Honorable Ministers and Members of Parliament, Your Excellencies and Dear Colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission Charlotte Osei, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Representatives of the Media, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good evening.  Babs and I are delighted to welcome all of you here tonight to recognize an extraordinary woman who ...
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U.S. Ambassador Presents Charlotte Osei with “Women of Courage” Award

Accra, GHANA—U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson presented Electoral Commission Chair Charlotte Osei with the U.S. Embassy’s Women of Courage Award on August 22, in honor of her work in managing the administration of a transparent and credible election in 2016, as well as her efforts to boost inclusion and civic engagement.  Ambassador Jackson and Ms. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Growing Crime in Certain Areas of Greater Accra

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that, due to credible reports of growing crime rates, U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid the following precincts of Accra: Avenor Sowutuom Sukura Agbobloshie Ashaiman (located in the Tema Region) Nima *(see below) *Except when traveling via the main highway past Nima. U.S. citizens are encouraged to ...
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USAID, The Hershey Company, and Rotary International Partner to Improve Livelihoods and Nutrition

Kumasi, GHANA—On Monday, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, Otumfuo Adontehene, Minister of Business Development Hon. Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, and Ashanti Regional Minister Honorable Simon Osei-Mensah launched a commercial groundnut processing facility at the Kumasi factory of Project Peanut Butter, an NGO devoted to combatting undernutrition by producing effective ready-to-use therapeutic foods.  The groundnut processing facility ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration at the Togo Embassy

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of several hundred people demonstrating around the Togo Embassy, in the vicinity of the Togo Circle.  The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the neighborhood until normal traffic patterns are restored.  U.S. Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid this area. Demonstrations, even peaceful ones, can escalate quickly ...
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More than 1,100 new jobs, USAID supports Dignity DTRT Limited Ghana Apparel Manufacturing Expansion program

Accra, Ghana – On Monday, August 14th, Dignity DTRT Limited in collaboration with USAID launched the Ghana Apparel Manufacturing Expansion project under the Global Development Alliance (GAME-GDA) in Accra, Ghana. GAME-GDA is a cooperative agreement between USAID and Dignity DTRT Limited that will provide training for 1,337 people and create 1,187 new apparel-making jobs. Around ...
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First-Ever Spelling Bee in Ghanaian Language to Promote Reading

Yendi, GHANA— On July 25, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Education partnered with the Young Educators Foundation to host Ghana’s first-ever spelling bee in Dagbani—a language widely spoken in the Northern Region. This event brought together the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, the Municipal Director of Education, the representative ...
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USAID and the Ghana Government Partner to Increase Energy Access

Accra, GHANA— The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Energy hosted a workshop to discuss increasing electricity access in Ghana on August 8-10, 2017. The event brought together senior officials from the Ghana Government, the private sector and development partners under the theme: “Shifting Ghana onto a Path of Clean and ...
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Ambassador Jackson’s Remarks: “Partnership for Education – Innovating” Launch

    Good afternoon. As a former teacher, I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be here today to launch the USAID Innovating Activity. USAID’s purpose is to support the Ministry of Education in harnessing the power of parents, family and communities to improve reading for all children in Ghana. One of our ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Avenor Neighborhood, Accra

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of violence in the Avenor neighborhood of Accra. As a result, the Ghana Police Service maintains a heavy presence and has diverted traffic in the vicinity of the neighborhood. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the neighborhood until normal traffic patterns are restored. U.S. Embassy personnel have ...
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U.S. Embassy Staff Pitch Support to Ghana Baseball and Softball Association

Accra, GHANA – Staff of the U.S. Embassy, through a small grant from the J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust, are supporting the development and promotion of America’s national pastime in Ghana with a presentation of equipment to the Ghana Baseball and Softball Association. The 20-piece equipment donation of bats, balls and gloves will be used ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson at AGOA National Utilization Strategy Validation Event

Honorable Minister of Trade and Industry Alan Kyerematen, Honorable Deputy Ministers, Heads of Private Sector Associations, Media representatives, Colleagues, Distinguished guests: Good morning.  I am pleased to be here today with business leaders who are working to forge connections and strengthen commercial ties between the United States and Ghana, and beyond.  Thank you to the ...
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Ghana’s AGOA Strategy Aims to Boost Jobs, Private Sector Growth

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson joined officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry at a validation workshop on Ghana’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Strategy. The meeting brought producers, processors and exporters together with customs and government officials to discuss the implementation of Ghana’s AGOA Strategy, which aims to helps Ghanaian ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson at Annual MLK Award Ceremony and Breakfast

Good morning. My wife, Babs, and I welcome you to the Tenth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Ceremony and Breakfast.  For a decade now, we have gathered annually to recognize a Ghanaian citizen who personifies Dr. King’s philosophy and actions.  Someone whose life’s work has contributed greatly to society — here in Ghana, or ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Crime Trend Reported by Ghana Police

The U.S. Embassy has received reports that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Ghana Police Service issued an advisory on July 11, 2017, alerting citizens and the media to an emerging crime trend wherein criminals are ambushing people as they enter and exit their residences. The CID advisory is available at the Ghana Police Service ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson: United States of America’s 241st Independence Day Celebration

Honorable Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta, Honorable Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State, Honorable Members of the Council of State and of Parliament, Your Excellencies and Dear Colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Members of the Press, Dear Mission Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Akwaaba!  Babs and I, along with my deputy, ...
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Remarks by Amb. Robert Jackson at AmCham/USAID/Ministry of Trade and Industry Luncheon

Good morning.  I am delighted to be here with so many business leaders, who are doing so much to strengthen commercial ties between America and Ghana.  Thank you to the Ministry of Trade and Industry for being a staunch partner in the quest to facilitate trade between our countries and to make Ghana more competitive ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report: National Action Plan Prompts Tier 3 Waiver

Government urged to fully fund and implement action plan to protect Ghanaians Washington, D.C./Accra, GHANA – On June 27, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, under the theme “Enhancing Criminal Accountability and Addressing Challenges in Prosecution Efforts.” The 2017 TIP Report includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy on Visa Interview Policy

Under U.S. law, travelers seeking a nonimmigrant visa for travel to the United States must generally appear in person for an interview with a consular officer. U.S. law also designates limited exceptions under which the visa interview may be waived, such as for diplomats and officials traveling on official government business. However, under U.S. law, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson at Sustainable Sanitation Hygiene Technologies and Resources Launch

Honorable Kofi Adda, Minister of Water and Sanitation Resources,; Honorable Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, Mayor of Accra, Mirielle Hitti, CEO of Duraplast Ghana Limited, Alberto Wilde, USAID WASH for Health Project Chief of Party, Ni ma, Na ma, Nananom, Traditional Chiefs and Elders, Other Government of Ghana officials, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen Good morning. ...
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Amb. Jackson Remarks at Adjudicating TIP Cases Training

Good morning. I am pleased to welcome everyone to the West Africa Regional Training Center and to this course on Adjudicating Trafficking in Persons Cases. This training is made possible through the U.S.-Ghana Child Protection Compact and the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Last week I, along with Alex Billings from ...
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Ambassador Jackson’s Remarks: Swearing-In Ceremony for Peace Corps Health Volunteers

Honorable Minister of Health Honorable Eastern Regional Minister, Honorable Municipal Chief Executive, And our many other distinguished guests, especially our homestay parents: In February, my wife, Babs, and I had the pleasure of hosting a welcome reception at our residence for this group of health trainees.  It was just one day after they arrived in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations in Agbogbloshie, Accra

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens about the growing risk of violence in the Agbogbloshie precinct in Accra.  Fighting recently erupted between two rival ethnic groups, the Konkomba and Dagomba.  The Ghana Police Service has increased its presence in the precinct to prevent escalation of violence and to clear the precinct of unregistered firearms and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Zika Virus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection.  For a world map of the Zika affected areas, please visit CDC’s  interactive map . For more information about travel  guidance for pregnant women , visit ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations at Banda Ahenkro, Brong Ahafo

The U.S. Embassy in Accra is aware of reports that a group calling themselves “Concerned Members of Banda Ahenkro” has vowed to violently evict all workers who are not natives of Banda Ahenkro from the Brong Ahafo region. The Embassy is also aware of reports that the group has warned all foreigners working in the ...
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Submit a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Today to Ensure You Can Participate in 2017 Special Elections

Just voted in November? Still traveling or living overseas? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Some states are also holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. The Federal Voting Assistance ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations in Bimbila

The U.S. Embassy in Accra has received reports that unrest is continuing in the town of Bimbila in the latest chieftaincy clashes.  Approximately 10 people have been killed and over a dozen arrested.  It is reported that most NGOs, schools, and businesses have closed down until the violence abates. The Embassy is monitoring the situation ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Robert P. Jackson Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy

  Ambassador Baah-Duodu, Distinguished Guests, Faculty and Staff, Students, Colleagues, I’m honored to be here at the Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy today.  Being here reminds me of my own career trajectory.  Before I became a diplomat, I taught English and American Civilization at a French university.  Being back in a respected academic ...
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USAID Promotes Development in the Volta Region

Volta Region, GHANA – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana Mission Director Andrew Karas traveled to the Volta Region January 24-27 to visit USAID projects working to increase access to quality healthcare and education. During the trip, Mr. Karas met with a number of USAID partners and reiterated the U.S. government’s support for promoting ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson at the Final Day of Spelling Bee Camp

  Dear spellers, good morning! I bring you greetings from the American Embassy and I am delighted to join my colleagues to support this wonderful event.  We have some good connection to your event and to the Spelling Bee tradition.  I note that our Embassy’s Cultural Attaché, Sarah Shabbir, was a Spelling Bee regional state ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson at Action Chapel International Good Governance Series

  Your Excellency Vice President Bawumia, Your Eminence Archbishop Duncan-Williams, Dear Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good afternoon.  Thank you to Action Chapel International for organizing today’s event and for your decades of service lifting up Ghana’s most vulnerable.  By throwing your influence behind the all-important goal of enhancing transparency and integrity, you are working ...
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USAID Reiterates Support for Fighting Trafficking in Persons

Volta, GHANA – Andrew Karas, mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana, visited the Volta Region from January 24-27, where he met with stakeholders impacted by trafficking in persons. These stakeholders included police officers, regional social welfare officers, district development officials, social workers, immigration officials, and former victims of child ...
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Peaceful Election and Transition in Ghana

Peaceful Election and Transition in Ghana Statement By Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson The United States congratulates the people of Ghana on the successful conclusion of the December 7 general election. We also congratulate President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo. The peaceful and inclusive nature of the election is a testament to Ghana’s citizens and its vibrant democracy. We ...
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Statement on Ghana’s December 7 Electoral Process

We congratulate the people of Ghana for their participation in yesterday’s peaceful and orderly presidential and parliamentary elections. We encourage all parties to support the Electoral Commission as it concludes the critical work of tabulating votes, and to wait patiently and peacefully for the official results. The United States looks forward to continuing our close ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Election Safety Reminder

The Embassy has received reports of marches and rallies related to the December 7 elections. These demonstrations are likely to take place on December 8 and may impact the following areas of Accra: Nima, Adabraka, Cantonments, Labadi, Labone, and Ridge, including the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy and British High Commission. In view of these ...
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Statement on the Accra Declaration

Accra, GHANA – We commend the presidential candidates and political parties of Ghana for coming together today to sign the Accra Declaration committing themselves to peaceful elections and the judicial resolution of election disputes. This demonstration of goodwill and shared commitment to peace further solidifies Ghana’s reputation as a thriving democracy. The U.S. government remains ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Considerations and the Upcoming Elections

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Ghana will hold its presidential and parliamentary elections.  While the Embassy has no information regarding planned protests, it should be noted that social disruptions or protests could occur with little or no warning throughout Ghana. Exercise caution during the election process, particularly around ...
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Launch of the UN Day Against Human Trafficking

Honorable Minister, Dear partners, Members of the media, Colleagues, Other distinguished guests, Thank you for the opportunity to join you here this morning. Today I want to speak with you about people — Millions of people around the world — More than 100,000 people in Ghana — Men, women and children — All living in ...
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Independence Day Celebration Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Honorable Minister of Employment and Labor Relations, Honorable Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State, Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Members of the Press, And all our other distinguished guests, Mema moadwo and akwaaba.  Babs, Melinda and I, as well as all of our colleagues, warmly welcome you to our ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson During Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast)

National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu Honorable Ministers of State; Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of the Clergy; Colleagues from the U.S. Embassy; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. Good evening, everyone.  Assalaam alaykum. May peace be upon you. Babs and I are happy to welcome you here this evening in observance of ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens Criminal Activities & Personal Safety

The U.S. Embassy in Accra would like to alert the U.S. citizen community of recent reports of robberies, including armed robberies, in or around Accra. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal ...
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United States Partners to Support Free, Fair, and Peaceful 2016 Presidential Elections in Ghana

Accra, GHANA – Robert P. Jackson, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, reiterated the U.S. commitment to support Ghana’s efforts to hold credible and nonviolent 2016 Presidential elections at an event today celebrating the launch of the Electoral Commission’s new communications strategy. This strategy, supported by the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International ...
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Current Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. 
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USAID and Ghana Health Service Launch Refreshed “Good Life, Live It Well” Campaign

Accra, GHANA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Health, and the Ghana Health Service launched the refreshed “Good Life, Live it Well” campaign on July 28 at the National Theatre. The “Good Life, Live It Well” campaign will serve as the overarching Ghana Health Service brand and will promote ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson on “Growing Up Free” Symposium on TIP

Honorable Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, Government officials, Civil society partners, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning. To begin, I would like to thank Right to Be Free for the invitation to speak this morning about this important topic. Freedom and justice. Those words are emblazoned on Ghana’s coat of ...
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USAID and NASA Using Technology for Development in West Africa

Accra, Ghana – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced a five-year program, SERVIR West Africa. This program will promote the use of satellite imagery to help improve the West Africa region’s resilience; lessen negative impacts of climate change; ensure that land use ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson: USA Poultry and Egg Export Council Gala Dinner

Honorable Minister of Tourism, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen: I am excited to be here tonight addressing individuals with such diverse professional achievements and great cooking skills. I welcome all of you to this year’s USAPEEC Gala Dinner. Tonight we celebrate high-quality U.S. poultry products. More importantly, we declare the winner of the 2016 USAPEEC Polytechnics ...
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Trafficking in Persons: Ghana Must Do More to End Modern Slavery

Ghana repeats on Tier 2 Watch List; must increase efforts or risk losing U.S. aid Washington, D.C./Accra, GHANA – On June 30, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. The 2016 TIP Report includes narratives for 188 countries and territories, ...
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United States of America’s 240th Independence Day Celebration Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Honorable Minister of Employment and Labor Relations, Honorable Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State, Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Traditional and Religious Leaders, Members of the Press, And all our other distinguished guests, Mema moadwo and akwaaba.  Babs, Melinda and I, as well as all of our colleagues, warmly welcome you to our ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”

The U.S. Embassy in Accra reminds U.S. citizens that The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers webinar link available at: www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 . Attendees should log ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson: Action Chapel International Entrepreneurs’ Prayer Breakfast Meeting

Honorable Minister, Your Eminence Archbishop Duncan-Williams, Bishops, Colleagues, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you and good morning.  A little over a week ago, I joined Minister of Employment and Labor Relations Haruna Iddrisu for a tour of Dignity–Do The Right Thing, a U.S.-Ghanaian joint venture textile company operating in the South Industrial Area, right here ...
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Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Ambassador’s Residence National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu Honorable Ministers of State; Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of the Clergy; Colleagues from the U.S. Embassy; Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. Good evening, everyone.  Assalaam alaykum. May peace be upon you. Babs and I are happy to welcome you here this evening in ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates from Ghana

Accra, Ghana – U.S. Embassy Ghana is happy to announce that five Ghanaian entrepreneurs—Elizabeth Swaniker, a sculptor; Emmanuel Addai, a software entrepreneur; Mabel Suglo, a student and social entrepreneur; Kwaku Asmah, an electrical engineer; and Ernest Gavor, a social entrepreneur and innovator—are attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will takes place June 22-24, 2016 ...
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Regional Workshop on Combating Wildlife Trafficking for Prosecutors and Magistrates

Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson Accra, Ghana Honorable Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, Attorney General and Minister of Justice; Honorable Nii Osah-Mills, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources; Your Honors, Judges and Magistrates, Messieurs les Juges, Messieurs les Magistrats, Distinguished Prosecutors, Procureurs Distingués, Representatives from the Directorate of Environment of the ECOWAS Commission, Representatives of the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson on Launch of USAID/Ghana Partnership for Education: Learning Book Distribution

Director-General of the Ghana Education Service Mr. Jacob Kor, Chief Director of the Ministry of Education Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, Development partners, Nii Me, Naa Me, Teachers, parents and pupils, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today on behalf of the U.S. government to join the Ghana Ministry of Education in launching the ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens IRS Webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers

The U.S. Embassy in Accra informs U.S. citizens that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers” on May 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT.  To register and attend this webinar, please use the Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers webinar link or  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/490/14725 .  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior ...
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USTDA Grant Signing Event: Technical Assistance for Solar Photovoltaic Power Generation Plant in Upper West Region

Members of the press, distinguished guests from Home Energy Africa Limited, embassy colleagues…Good afternoon. One of Ghana’s paramount constraints to economic growth is the unreliable and inadequate supply of electric power. It’s a challenge we see throughout sub-Saharan Africa: two out of three people lack access to electricity. That hinders business, and it hinders prosperity. ...
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Partnership for Growth Joint Steering Committee Meeting – Opening Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Movenpick Hotel, Accra Honorable Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. Seth Terkper Other honorable ministers and deputy ministers, USAID-Africa Deputy Assistant Administrator, Ms. Oren Whyche-Shaw (SHAW, Distinguished partners and friends: My first 90 days in Accra as Ambassador have been exciting!  I have been busy meeting with leaders representing Ghana’s government, private sector, and ...
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USAID and the Ghana Federation for Disability Organizations Launch the “Expanding Participation for Persons with Disabilities” Activity

Accra, Ghana – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ghana Federation for Disability Organizations (GFD) officially launched their “Expanding Participation for Persons with Disabilities” activity on April 21. At the launch, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson; Executive Secretary of the National Council on Persons with Disabilities, Kwamena Dadsie Dennis; ...
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U.S., Ghana to partner on Epic Guardian Joint Readiness Exercise

Accra, Ghana – Beginning April 26, 2016, the governments of the United States and Ghana will launch Epic Guardian 2016, an 8-day joint readiness exercise. Epic Guardian is a regularly scheduled training exercise held in Africa and designed to increase the effectiveness of U.S. and African government entities and security forces in responding to international ...
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Africa Logistic Forum Opening Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson

Your Excellencies, Commissioner Chergui, General McDew, Major General Akwa, Mr. Bam, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning, It is a distinct pleasure to join today’s opening ceremony of the Africa Logistic Forum here in Accra, Ghana. I am particularly pleased to be in the company of our distinguished colleagues from the African Union and the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Robert Jackson Launches New USAID Education Activity

Accra, GHANA – United States Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, launched the “Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Education” activity at the Northern Network for Education Development (NNED) headquarters in Tamale, Ghana on April 1, 2016. At the event, Ambassador Jackson and NNED Executive Committee Chair Rosemond Kumah signed a cooperative agreement for the 18-month, ...
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USAID Inaugurates Seed Inspection Unit in Tamale

Tamale, GHANA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) convened to inaugurate a newly constructed seed inspection laboratory on March 31st in Tamale, Ghana.  The USAID-constructed Ghana Seed Inspection Unit (GSIU) aims to provide smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana with quality seed at affordable costs. ...
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USAID Donates Vehicles and Equipment to the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute

Tamale, GHANA – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) presented three Toyota Hilux pickup vehicles and 41 desktop computers to the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Tamale, Ghana on March 31st. The vehicles and office equipment were donated to improve the effectiveness of SARI’s agricultural research in northern Ghana to ensure smallholder ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Jackson at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Vice Chancellor William Otoo Ellis, Senior Leadership of KNUST, Deans, Distinguished Guests, Faculty and Staff, Students, Colleagues, Maadwo. Me din de Robert Jackson. Meyɛ anansimuu ma America aban wɔ Ghana. Ok, I’m new to Ghana, and that’s as far as I can go right now. But I’ll keep working on it. I’m honored to be ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Vigilance and Travel to Ghana

United States Embassy Accra, Ghana  On March 15 the U.S. Department of Defense issued a travel advisory that places restrictions on unofficial, i.e., personal, travel by Department of Defense personnel to Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Guinea until June 30, 2016.  These restrictions only apply to active duty and civilian employees of the ...
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Opening of the National Maritime Strategy Development Workshop

Remarks by Ambassador Robert P. Jackson Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre Rear Admiral Faidoo, Major General Akwa, Other Distinguished Visitors, Government officials, Conference participants, colleagues in the U.S. delegation, adies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to open this workshop. As many of you know I was credentialed as Ambassador to Ghana less ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bacterial Meningitis Outbreak in Ghana

The U.S. Embassy in Accra informs U.S. citizens of the bacterial meningitis outbreak in several districts in Ghana. Two types of meningitis have been detected in Ghana this year – the endemic meningococcal meningitis strain and pneumococcal meningitis – both with reported deaths. Both of these types of meningitis also occur in the United States, ...
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Ambassador Robert Jackson’s Remarks at the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Signing with Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Madam Minister, Distinguished Guests, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, All Protocol Observed, Good afternoon, We are here today to sign the Security Governance Initiative Joint Country Action Plan, as recommended by the SGI Senior Steering Committee. The Joint Country Action Plan, or JCAP, is the roadmap for a successful partnership under the Security Governance Initiative. Ghanaian ...
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USAID and Government of Ghana Hold Workshop to Advance Universal Health Care Coverage in Africa

Accra, GHANA  –  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Health, the National Health Insurance Authority, and the World Health Organization, organized a five-day workshop focused on the goal of achieving universal healthcare in Africa. The workshop launched on Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Mövenpick Hotel ...
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U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson presents credentials to President Mahama

For Immediate Release Phone:     +233 (030) 274-1979 +233 (024) 433-2469 Email:  PressAccra@state.gov StealySV@state.gov “Our successes are mutually tied and our partnership is indispensable.” Accra, Ghana – The new U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, has presented his credentials to President John Mahama and officially taken up duties as ambassador. Speaking from the ceremony at Flagstaff House ...
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USAID Donates Vehicles to Northern Regional Coordinating Council

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented 12 Nissan pickup vehicles to the Northern Regional Coordinating Council (NRCC) in Tamale, Ghana, on January 8, 2016. The vehicles were distributed to nine metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies (MMDAs) and three regional departments in the Northern Region of Ghana to improve service delivery to their citizens. ...
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Transfer of Two Guantanamo Detainees to Ghana

Accra, GHANA – The U.S. Department of Defense announced on January 6, 2016, the transfer of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Ghana. The United States is grateful to the Government of Ghana for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Vehicle Robberies

United States Embassy Accra, Ghana The U.S. Embassy in Accra advises U.S. citizens that The Eastern Regional Police Commander warns the general public of an increase in vehicle robberies and road blocks conducted by criminal elements on a stretch of highway that links Nkawkaw to Kumasi. The Police Commander moved additional resources to this section ...
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Robert P. Jackson Sworn in as next U.S. Ambassador to Ghana

Washington, D.C. – Robert Porter Jackson was sworn in today as President Obama’s new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana. The oath of office was administered by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Lieutenant General Joseph Henry Smith, Ambassador of Ghana to the United States, attended the ceremony, as did Under ...
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U.S., Ghana Announce Food for Progress Agreements to Increase Agricultural Productivity

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Ghanaian Minister of Food and Agriculture Fifi Kwetey will announce two Food for Progress agreements today to support agricultural development and trade within Ghana’s poultry sector. “The Food for Progress agreements are the latest example of the partnership between the people of Ghana and the United States,” Harden said. ...
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Remarks by Daniel Fennell, U.S. Embassy Counselor at the Launch of the Africa Center for Security and Counter-Terrorism Ghana (ACSC)

Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone.  I want to thank you for hosting us and congratulate the Africa Center for Security and Counter-Terrorism Ghana on this ambitious opening. I note that we are joined by representatives from the government, because we all have a responsibility to ensure the security, the prosperity and the human ...
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Organizations Named to Support U.S., Ghana Child Protection Compact Partnership

The U.S. Embassy in Accra and U.S. government’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons have announced the award of $5 million to the International Organization on Migration (IOM) and Free the Slaves (FTS), an international NGO working in Ghana, for activities that will support the recently signed U.S.-Ghana Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership. ...
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Andrew Karas Sworn in as USAID Mission Director to Ghana

ndrew Karas was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission Director for Ghana. In this capacity he will oversee USAID’s country-specific programs in agriculture, governance, economic growth, education, and health. As Mission Director, Mr. Karas will be responsible for managing USAID’s programs and working with the Government of Ghana and ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Full Scholarships for Six-Week Leadership Training in the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Accra encourages accomplished young Ghanaians aged 25-35 to apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Applications are being accepted until November 11, 2015. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In 2016, the Fellowship will provide 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Melinda Tabler-Stone Remarks – National Launch of the Rotary Family Health Days

Good morning. Honorable Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health Mr Haile Girmay, Country Director, UNAIDS Mr. Adotei Brown, past district governor Rotarians Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for inviting me to participate today. The United States is proud to be working through USAID and its implementing partners to support Rotary Family Health Days. Child survival and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Accra advises U.S. citizens that political groups including “Let My Vote Count,” “Alliance for Accountable Governance,” and the “Movement for Democratic Change” plan to hold a demonstration on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Timing of the demonstration and march has not been announced. The protest march will extend between the Kwame Nkrumah ...
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U.S. Embassy Wishes Ghanaian Muslims Eid Mubarak

Today, millions of Muslims in the United States, in Ghana and around the world celebrate Eid ul-Adha. We extend to all—and especially to all Muslims in Ghana—our heartfelt wishes for a blessed celebration. Eid ul-Adha is a special time when Muslims pause to appreciate the importance of sacrifice and devotion. It is an opportunity for ...
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Remarks by Melinda Tabler-Stone, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires: SE4ALL Annex Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

Deputy Minister of Power, Hon. John Jinapor Acting Executive Secretary of the Ghana Energy Commission, Mr. Michael Opam ECREEE Secretary General, Mr. Mahama Kappiah Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to represent the U.S. government this morning in the opening of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Annex.  Many of you here worked long and ...
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U.S. Businesses Visit Ghana to Explore Business Opportunities

Accra – Eight U.S. companies visited Ghana September 13-14 to explore business partnership opportunities as part of the largest-ever U.S. government-led trade mission to Africa. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Winds-Africa mission brought over 100 companies from 25 U.S. states and across industry sectors to connect with opportunities throughout the continent, including Ghana, Angola, ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Melinda Tabler-Stone Opening Remarks: USPTO African Regional Intellectual Property Enforcement Workshop

Your Excellencies, Acting Registrar-General, Representatives from the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, All other protocols observed. Thank you for inviting me to join today’s opening of the African Regional Intellectual Property Enforcement Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The protection and enforcement of intellectual property right law ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Melinda Tabler-Stone at the Peace Operations and Security Challenges in West Africa Workshop

Good morning, Your Excellences, Major General Akwa, Brigadier General San Clemente, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, All others protocols observed. I would like to thank the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies for inviting me to speak today.  I would also like to thank them for their dedication and ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Melinda Tabler-Stone at the Opening Ceremony of the Accra Leadership Center

Professor Franklin Achampong Manu, Rector of GIMPA Director Osei, YALI West Africa Regional Leadership Center partners and participants, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here today to welcome the first class of participants in the Young African Leaders Initiative (or YALI) Regional Leadership Center, West Africa. I only arrived in ...
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Chargé d’affaires a.i. Pat Alsup’s Remarks at Multi-Stakeholder Meeting For the Voluntary Principles

Good morning, it’s a pleasure to be here today among this distinguished group of government, corporate and civil society leaders. Together, you represent the potential and promise of the Voluntary Principles Initiative in Ghana. Just as we were thrilled to see Ghana commit to joining the VPs just over a year ago, we are now ...
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U.S. Embassy Wishes Ghanaian Muslims Eid Mubarak

The Embassy of the United States of America in Accra would like to extend Eid greetings to Muslim communities in Ghana. Ramadan has been a time for families and communities to share the happiness of coming together in intense devotion, reflection, and service. The United States reaffirms its commitment to Ghana in its developmental efforts ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Pat Alsup at the Launch of the “Ghana on the Rise” and Ghana Resources for the Awareness of Population Impacts on Develop

Professor John Gyapong, Chairman His Excellency, Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana Mrs. Comfort D. Cudjoe-Ghansah, Minister for Social and Allied Agencies Mr. Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health Ms. Marian Kpakpah, Acting Executive Director, National Population Council Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Director-General of theNational Development Planning Commission Dr. Babatunde Ahonsi, ...
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Ambassador Cretz Independence Day Remarks

Mr. President; Honorable Ministers; Honorable Members of Parliament; Your Excellencies, my fellow members of the diplomatic corps; Distinguished representatives of civil society and of the media; Representatives of regional businesses; Students and educators; Members of my embassy staff; and Friends… Good evening. Akwaaba – welcome. Thank you all for joining us. Tonight, we celebrate the ...
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United States and Ghana Partner with a Commitment to Improve Child Literacy

Accra, Ghana – On June 15, 2015, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) will launch the Partnership for Education:Learning  activity. Learning will reach over 2 million children in Ghana through a broad- ...
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Ambassador Cretz Welcome Remarks NBA Players Visit to the Embassy

Good morning colleagues and Embassy community, It’s great to see all of you turn up this morning to take advantage of the rare opportunity to meet NBA management and players. Born the Basketball Association of America, the NBA was created just a decade before Ghana’s independence, and I’ll note when Ghana was created it was ...
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Ambassador Gene A. Cretz Remarks – Food Across Borders Program Launch

Honorable ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Lapodini Marc Atouga; Honorable ECOWAS Commissioner for Trade, Customs, Free Movement of Persons, and Tourism, Ahmed Hamid; Honorable ECOWAS Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion, Kalilou Traoré; Honorable Executive Secretary of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel, Dr. Djime Adoum; ...
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Death of American Citizens in Ghana

The U.S. Embassy in Ghana reports with deepest sympathy that two U.S. citizens have been killed in the Eastern Region of Ghana. We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims. The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is in contact with family members and is providing appropriate consular assistance. Due to privacy ...
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U.S. Welcomes the Government of Ghana’s Announcement to Offer Private Sector Participation in the Power Sector through Concession

The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Gene A. Cretz, on behalf of the United States welcomes the decision of the Government of Ghana to pursue private sector participation through a concession of ECG.  In making the announcement during the April 30th Millennium Development Authority Procurement workshop, Deputy Minister of Power John Abdulai Jinapor noted, “we ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gene Cretz MCC Procurement Seminar Accra World Trade Center, 9:30 a.m.

Good morning.  I am thrilled to see so much interest in today’s event by both Ghanaian and U.S. companies.  This is a good sign that the second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact will strengthen the partnership between Ghana and the U.S.  The companies sponsoring today’s program – representing both American and Ghanaian businesses – are already ...
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Agribusiness Investment Forum

Honorable Fifi Kwetey, Minister of Food and Agriculture, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great delight for me to be speaking today at the second annual Ghana Agribusiness Investment Summit. I am happy to note that since last year’s summit, USAID through the Financing Ghanaian Agriculture Project has facilitated over $15 million in investments ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Cretz

Young African Leadership Initiative Mandela Washington Fellowship West Africa Regional Conference Honorable Deputy Minister of Education, West Africa YALI Advisory Board members, Washington Mandela Fellows, Friends in the media, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to the first Young African Leadership Initiative / Mandela Washington Fellowship ...
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Ghana Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Induction Awards

Remarks by Ambassador Gene A. Cretz (as prepared for delivery) Thank you so much for inviting me to join you this evening.  Tonight’s theme of celebrating entrepreneurship and recognizing those that embrace its spirit shows that the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana understands the critical role that innovative private sector actors play in Ghana’s economy.  It ...
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First Mandela Washington Fellowship Conference Reunites Fellows in Accra

Over 150 young leaders from 21 West African countries will gather in Accra, Ghana next week to share their expertise and engage on issues they have defined as critical for the future of Africa.  In support of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), USAID and IREX are organizing the 1st Annual West Africa ...
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West African Governments Will Support Health Services for Vulnerable Populations at Highest Risk of HIV

Dakar, Senegal – April 10, 2015 – In line with the worldwide goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, government officials from all fifteen (15) ECOWAS member states today committed to providing comprehensive health services to vulnerable  populations in West Africa.  They finalized a declaration of their commitment at a meeting hosted by the ...
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Ambassador Hosts First U.S. Beef Promotion

On the evening of April 8, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Gene A. Cretz, hosted a cross section of politicians, business people, and diplomats at the first-ever promotional dinner in Accra for U.S. beef. The Urban Grill Restaurant, located at the Airport City, provided a spectacular venue to celebrate “U.S. beef proudly produced in ...
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Congratulations on Ghana’s Independence Day

On behalf of the people of the United States, the Embassy of the United States of America wishes to congratulate the government and people of Ghana on the occasion of its 58th independence day. The United States established diplomatic relations with Ghana in 1957 when Ghana gained its independence. The U.S and Ghana share a long ...
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USAID/Ghana Mission Director James Bever Launches New Feed the Future Projects

Tamale, Ghana – On March 4, Mission Director for USAID/Ghana, James Bever, traveled to Tamale to kick-off two Feed the Future projects in the region: the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) and the new Ghana Seed Inspection Unit. In the Tolon/Kumbubgu District, Mr. Bever joined key actors in agriculture, technology and innovation to sign an ...
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Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty 1000 Launched

Tamale, Ghana – The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, with support from UNICEF and USAID, will launch the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) 1000 project. This cross-sectoral initiative incorporating nutrition, economic growth, governance, and gender is breaking new ground in promoting resilience among vulnerable populations in the Northern and Upper East regions. USAID ...
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U.S. Announces Potential for 5 Year Child Protection Compact

February 27th, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Gene A. Cretz served as keynote speaker at the launch of the International Justice Mission office in Ghana and announced Ghana is being considered as the first country to partner in a Child Protection Compact Partnership (CPC Partnership).  The program contemplates developing jointly with Ghana a multi-year plan to ...
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USAID-supported HIV Research Featured in International Journal

Accra, Ghana – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and the National Institutes of Health, announces the release of a special issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) titled “HIV Risks and Vulnerabilities among Key Populations ...
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Keynote Remarks by Ambassador Gene Cretz

Good afternoon, Deputy Minister John Alexander Ackon, distinguished guests and all protocols observed.  It is a pleasure to be with you this evening for the grand launching of International Justice Mission’s 18th Field Office. The U.S. government has a long history with IJM.  The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons ...
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USAID and Ghana Reaffirm Commitment to Partnership for Education

On 24 February, 2015, USAID, in collaboration with key regional partners, kicked off a series of roundtable discussions on generating sustainable gains in child literacy and numeracy nationwide.  To further this goal, regional actors, including, Education Offices, Coordinating Councils, Ghana Education Service national representatives and USAID’s Ghana Mission Education team will gather for introductory Partnership ...
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Ghana, U.S. Maritime Forces Complete Combined Maritime Law Enforcement Operation

Sekondi, Ghana – Ghana Armed Forces and U.S. Maritime Forces completed the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations February 24, 2015. Commodore Mark Yawson, Flag Officer Fleet, Ghana Navy and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Tom Reck, Vice Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet closed the joint operation. The operation embarked representatives from Ghana’s Ministry of Fisheries ...
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USAID Makes Award to the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding to Prevent Election Violence in the Region

Accra, Ghana – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) signed an agreement under which USAID will support WANEP’s efforts to prevent election violence in five countries in West Africa through the strengthening of national conflict early warning systems. At last summer’s U.S – Africa Leaders ...
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Ribbon Cutting Held for the Nkwanta South District Nutrition Rehabilitation Center-a Hub of Hope for the Volta Region

Nkwanta South District, Ghana – On January 27, community members gathered with village chiefs, national, and international dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center in Nkwanta South District.  The center is the first of its kind for the region and for Ghana, and will play a critical role in planned prevention of malnourishment for ...
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TechCamp West Africa: Making Connections to Boost West Africa’s Entrepreneurs

February 6 – 8th, one hundred young social entrepreneurs from Ghana, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo will gather to engage in hands-on capacity building, and networking with the region’s leading government, academic, civil society and business experts. The public-private initiative has been spear-headed by the US Embassy Ghana and the GhanaThink ...
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Alexandre Deprez Opening Remarks at the Digital Development Forum

Thank you all so much for joining us at the Forum – we are extremely proud to co-host the first West Africa Digital Development Forum in Accra. “The power of technology to transform development” – this is a bit of an old adage. Information and Communication Technologies have been around for decades. BUT….what hasn’t always ...
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USAID and UNICEF Support Quality Education in Ghana

The USAID/Ghana Mission Director, Mr. James A. Bever, and UNICEF Country Representative for Ghana, Ms. Susan Namondo Ngongi, signed an agreement on January 22, 2015 that reinforces USAID’s and UNICEF’s partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to improve the quality of education in Ghana.  Through the agreement, USAID will provide ...
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Remarks by United States Ambassador to Ghana Gene Cretz ECOWAS Ebola High-Level Meeting

I would be remiss if I didn’t begin by commending the West African Health Organization and its Director General Dr. Xavier Crespin, ECOWAS, and the other organizers for their leadership in convening us here today to address this issue of supreme urgency and importance. In particular I want to express the U.S. Government’s gratitude to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens Update: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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