President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has sworn into office Ghana’s permanent Ambassador to the European Union. The appointee, Mrs. Harriet Sena Siaw Boateng, will also serve as Ghana’s Ambassador to Belgium. Additionally at the same ceremony, the President also swore into office the country’s new Ambassador to Norway, Mrs. Jennifer Lartey.
In his address after administering three oaths to the appointees, the Oath of Secrecy, Oath of Allegiance, and the Oath of Office, President Akufo Addo said he can personally attest to the competence of the two new appointees because he had the opportunity to work with both of them when he was the Foreign Minister in former President John Kufour’s administration.
The President urged the two envoys to ensure that they represent the interests of the country at all material times in the countries where they are to serve.
“You are the most visible symbol of our country out there and in all your actions you must guard jealously our country’s image, and I am confident that this is a charge that both of you will uphold,” the President said.
In a response on behalf of herself and her colleague, Mrs. Harriet Sena Siaw Boateng said that they were aware of the tireless commitment of the President to bring prosperity to Ghana. She assured the President that they will work with a deep sense of commitment and humility in order to support his efforts aimed at transforming Ghana from a raw material producing country into an industrialised one.
“We will work as your Ambassadors with all sectors of the economy both public and private towards fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Government and of your vision of a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid,'” Mrs. Siaw Boateng said.
The European Union
The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. It has an area of 4,475,757 km2 (1,728,099 sq mi) and an estimated population of about 513 million. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states in those matters, and only those matters, where members have agreed to act as one. EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries and regional development. For travel within the Schengen Area, passport controls have been abolished. A monetary union was established in 1999 and came into full force in 2002 and is composed of 19 EU member states which use the euro currency.