Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister Hon Ayorkor Botchwey has commissioned a new building for consulate general in Toronto on Thursday, November 26, 2020 on virtual.
Commissioning the edifice around 1:00 pm Ghana time, Hon Ayokor Botchwey said it is in line with the Government’s policy of upgrading the infrastructure of Ghana Missions abroad.
Added that is also consistent with President Akufo-Addo’s vision of a world class foreign service, which protects and promotes Ghana’s national interests on the global stage, including the welfare of Ghanaians.
The decision to relocate from the former office building to the current location according to her has brought relief to staff of the Consulate-General.
Hon Ayorkor Botchwey said “the staff have had to endure difficult working conditions in a cramped and small office space, which was not conducive for efficient and effective service delivery as well as productivity.
This new spacious three-storey building which was refurbished will enhance the work of the Consulate-General in the Province of Ontario. This positive development went hand-in-hand with the appointment of Ghana’s Honorary Consuls in British Columbia, Calgary, Manitoba and Saskatchewan as part of government’s efforts to better serve the numerous Ghanaians in Canada.
“The recent installation of Biometric passport processing machines in Ottawa and Toronto will, undoubtedly, enhance consular service delivery to Ghanaians in Canada. This undertaking is a testament to the NPP Government’s commitment to raising the profile and image of Ghana in North America”, she indicated.
She recalled her visit and president Akufo Addo to Canada which according to her have been a remarkable increase in people-to-people contact, especially during and after the Year-of-Return celebrations despite COVID-19 which has unfortunately disrupted, to some extent, plans for investment and tourism promotion in Canada.
She expressed deep appreciation to the Management and Staff of the country Missions in Ottawa and Toronto for their immense input and cooperation with the Ministry in the search for and acquisition of this beautiful edifice, the new Consulate-General in Toronto.
“Your Excellency Ayikoi Otoo, Mr. Thomas Seshie and your staff, your diligence and hard work in this important national assignment is duly recognized and very much appreciated”.
Foreign Minister futher assured her compatriots in Canada and other parts of North America, that the elections on 7th December, 2020 will be fair, transparent and peaceful to further consolidate Ghana’s status as a beacon of democracy in Africa and the world.