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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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