By Maxwell Ofori
Four envoys, representing Pakistan, Switzerland, New Zealand and Botswana, have presented their letters of credentials to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The presentation was in line with protocol, which introduced the envoys to the President as the representatives of their respective countries in Ghana.
The event took place yesterday at Jubilee House, where the four took turns to meet President Akufo-Addo to inform him of their stay in the country.
Receiving the credentials at separate meetings, President Akufo-Addo expressed that Ghana was open for fruitful bilateral relations that would positively benefit its citizens.
He assured the envoys that officials in his administration would be available when needed to assist these envoys in the discharge of their official duties.
This is a normal process, whenever an envoy is sent into the country and before departing, as the President needs to be informed officially, something which Ghana’s envoys also go through.
Giving his remarks, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Ghana, Major General Wagar Ahmad Kinggravi HI(M) (Rtd), congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his leadership qualities that have given Ghana a good image.
“Your Excellency, let me take this opportunity to congratulate you and your people on Ghana’s emergence as one of the most stable democracies in Africa.”
He talked about the cordial diplomatic relations between the two countries, and his determination to further strengthen those ties.
The Switzerland Ambassador to Ghana, Philip Stadler, stressed that Ghana and Switzerland have excellent economic cooperation since 2002.
He said his goal was to contribute to the diversification of trade relations, adding that despite the fact that Swiss companies ran their business and investment decisions very independently from the government, it does not interfere with the overall quest to deepen trade relations between the two countries.
“That is why an investor-friendly business climate, and a reduction of disproportionate bureaucracy, the dealing with unclear and time-consuming land property issues, and the fight against red tape is so important for Swiss companies when doing business in Ghana.”
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Ghana, Mark Ramsden, assured the President of his country’s commitment to tighten trade and economic co-operation with Ghana.
“New Zealand sees the scope to deepen trade and economic cooperation and links amongst Commonwealth members. This is something New Zealand will pursue at the year’s Heads of Governments meeting.”
“Both the Republic of Ghana and New Zealand recognise the threat that climate change presents. I am pleased to note that the cooperative relationship between our climate change teams as they strive together to address this massive challenge.”
On his part, the Ambassador of Botswana to Ghana, Mr. Pule Batimanki Mphothew, also appreciated President Akufo-Addo’s governance for the prompt economic growth.