Her Excellency Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, at a reception to commemorate Ghana’s 58th Independence Day celebration, paid homage to the founding leaders whom with their lives sought for Ghana’s freedom which the Nation and its citizens are still privileged to enjoy and to the current leaders who continue to guarantee peace and security in Ghana.
The reception, organised by the Ghana Embassy in Paris in collaboration with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) took place at the Pavillon Wagram in Paris on Friday 6th March, 2015. The event showcased Ghana’s investment opportunities in the form of an exhibition and was graced with the attendance of Mr. Jean-Chistophe Belliard, the Director of Africa of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Asiedu Nketiah, General Secretary of the ruling NDC, Hon. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Board Chairman of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Mrs Mawunena Trebah, CEO of the GIPC and a heady mix of business and financial communities from France, Portugal and Ghana.
Also present were representatives of governments and institutions from around the world and members of the Ghanaian Diaspora in France.
Her Excellency Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier in her address emphasized on the valuable human resource that exist in the Diaspora and the need for Ghana Missions abroad to tap into the economic value that Ghanaians in the Diaspora can bring to the country. She acknowledged that effortlessly, Ghana has become a hub for businesses wishing to operate within the ECOWAS sub-region encouraging businesses to invest in the promising economy of Ghana. It is a haven of peace not only in our region, but in a world of uprisings, wars, terrorism and disappearances of children, journalists and politicians which makes the democracy of Ghana the envy of countries around the world.
Her Excellency commended the President, His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama the current chairman of ECOWAS for his leadership in the West African region and for harnessing the limited resources of the West African region to fight against the Ebola virus and focused the world’s attention on the plight of the stricken countries at the time when international reaction to the Ebola virus was not swift or strong enough. He has mediated in electoral disputes and upheld the principles of democracy and good governance in all such cases around the region.
Mr. Jean Christophe Belliard, in his address, congratulated Ghana on the commemoration of the 58th Independence Anniversary and traced the mutually beneficial political and economic ties between Ghana and France to the pre-independence era. Mr. Jean-Christophe Belliard praised our country and government for its exemplary performance in the West-African sub-region in democratic governance and economic development and indicated that French investors were enthusiastic about investing in Ghana, in view of the relative peace Ghana enjoys as well as the favourable Investment climate.