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SPEECH BY H. E. MR. RAMSES JOSEPH CLELAND 0N 8TH MARCH 2018


SPEECH BY H. E. MR. RAMSES JOSEPH CLELAND, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF GHANA TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN GENEVA ON THE OCCASION OF THE 61ST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA AT THE WORLD INTELLECTUTAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION’S HEADQUARTERS (WIPO) 8TH MARCH, 2018

Excellencies, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Heads and Officials from International Organizations here present, Fellow Ghanaians, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am very happy to be here and to propose my very first toast at a gathering such as this where together as colleagues, distinguished representatives of States and Governments, Ghanaian brothers and sisters, and dear friends we can together commemorate this special occasion, which is the celebration of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Ghana.

On a personal note, I must confess that since my arrival a few months ago, I have been overwhelmed by the glitter that greets the new comer to Geneva and also by the rush of conferences I am confronted with. I therefore have some catching up to do with you, dear colleagues so that together we can sit and share our visions and expectations on the arduous task ahead of us.

This day, important as it is for Ghana, coincides with International Women’s Day, a day set aside on the international agenda for the recognition of Women’s rights and of their empowerment all over the world.

I take this opportunity therefore, to underline briefly, the attention and special focus placed on the importance of this day by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. Together with the President, I say a happy Women’s Day to women all over the world, and especially women here present.

Excellencies,

It is significant, as Ghana celebrates its Independence Anniversary, to first of all pay glowing tribute to the brave men and women whose unique sense of commitment and dedication to nation building has brought us to where we are as a nation, and to be the people that we are. We also recognize that, as a nation, we have a unique opportunity to look more closely at how far we have come, regarding the challenges and the successes that have brought us to where we are. We take neither for granted. Ghana has, time and again, in the last 61 years, given special focus to the invaluable importance of our multilateral diplomacy and to the roles and ideals of the various International Organizations of which we are proud members as we seek to tackle the dire challenges of our time, both at home and within the international scope. Whether in the areas of Human Rights, trade, health, disarmament labour or Intellectual property we shall remain committed to playing our role, alongside our partners and friends towards our collective progress in the years ahead.

In the area specifically of international peace keeping, and diplomacy Ghana has not shied away from accepting to play crucial leadership roles even in the most daunting of times over the last six decades. Time would not allow me to mention all the exceptional Ghanaian international civil servants, brilliant diplomats in their own rights, great men and women who have and continue to raise high the flag of Ghana on the international landscape. We regard them as paragons of peace-keeping, worthy of emulation.

I would want to emphasize that His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana has expressed his vision in a Ten Point Development Agenda which will take Ghana Beyond Aid and which really is an expression of the dream of all Ghanaians to affirm at this time, more than ever our unique personality and our independence after 60 years. The Ten Point Development Agenda can be found on roll-up banners displayed in this hall. It is not a mere slogan, it actually encapsulates the vision of the President and calls upon all Ghanaians at home and in the diaspora to harness our own resources as a nation and creatively and efficiently deploy them for rapid economic and social transformation. We can do it, and we will.

As Ghanaians we must therefore look to the future with a greater sense of confidence, hope and responsibility knowing that even though we are not yet where we want to be the President’s industrial transformation agenda, and our commitment to it would bring us closer to the realization of our national aspirations than we imagined.

At the same time we wish to strengthen our links with all friendly nations like yours and ask you to make Ghana your natural investment and tourism destination. You will not regret it.

We are confident that the links that draw us together in this objective, namely the collective well-being of our people, the sharing of common values, the entrenchment of the rule of law and the expansion of economic and democratic rights and that of our democratic institutions are solid, and will lead us into stronger partnerships in the coming years.

To all Ghanaians here present, my brothers and sisters, and to all friends of Ghana, I say Ayekoo – We have come this far because of God’s blessings to us as a nation, and because we all continue to believe in Ghana.

Please join me, therefore in a toast to the health, long life and well-being of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana and to that of the President of the Swiss Confederation, the Governments and Peoples of both countries and to the health of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Thank you.


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