Tag: Diaspora Affairs

Diaspora Affairs Hosts High Profile Delegates from eSwatini

Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President hosted a High Profile Delegation from eSwatini on 7th June, 2021 in the Auditorium at Jubilee House. The team made up of government officials from eSwatini were led by Ms. Jennifer Neves, Under Secretary – Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to learn about Ghana’s strategies towards effective mobilising of the Diaspora.

Welcoming the team to Jubilee House, the Director of Diaspora Affairs Mr. Akwasi Awua-Ababio mentioned the Diaspora was a huge asset and the biggest asset any country has outside of its shores. Thus it was important to effectively strategise to leverage this resource in ways which are mutually beneficial. He further elaborated some ways which Ghana has engaged the Diaspora including the Diaspora Roadshow events and the Homecoming Summit.

Ms. Jennifer Neves also shared the excitement of the team as they were learning a lot in Ghana and mentioned her team was eager to go back home and apply many things they have learnt from Ghana.

In an engaging question and answer session, some issues which arose included how Ghana has been able to manage the trust deficits between home countries and their Diaspora to which Mr. Ababio responded it was important to at all times utilise consultations and stakeholder engagements to allow for the Diaspora to feel included in governance and policy formulation. Moreover, there were discussions around the operations of the Office as well as how to effectively collate a comprehensive database of one’s diaspora.

Deputy-Director, Mad. Nadia Adongo Musah also shared some of the work Diaspora Affairs has done thus far and encouraged the team to push to have their Diaspora champion causes for their Diaspora.

 

Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President Leads Diasporan Team to Pay Courtesy Call on H.E. ex-President John Agyekum Kuffour

On Tuesday, 1st June 2020, the Diaspora Affairs Office led by Deputy-Director Nadia Adongo Musah led a team from the Diaspora to pay a courtesy call on former President H.E. J.A. Kuffour in his home at Peduase. Inclusive in the team were music artist Zakisha Brown, her mom, Victor, his wife and their kids.

Zakisha Brown shared her admiration for the ex-President and expressed her appreciation for his    contribution in ensurng that she and many from the Diaspora now feel welcome in Ghana. Victor also thanked the ex-President for his contributions towards climate action and invited the ex-President to be a part of a global conversation on climate action.

H.E. J.A. Kuffour also shared his appreciation towards the Diaspora Affairs Office for the engagements witht the Diaspora and mentioned to the Diasporan team that he is happy to be part of any project which centers mankind as that is his priorty.

The visit forms a part of the Diaspora engagement by Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President and ensuring the Diaspora who move to Ghana feel welcome in the country.

Runway Ghana Team Presents an Achievement Award to the Director, Diaspora Affairs

The RUNWAY GHANA team paid a courtesy call on Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio, the Director of Diaspora Affairs on  Wednesday 26th May 2021. The meeting, held at his office in the Jubilee House, Accra was to officially introduce the brand RUNWAY GHANA to the Office and also to establish a business
relationship between RUNWAY GHANA and the Diaspora Office. Founded in 2016, RUNWAY GHANA brings together stakeholders in the fashion industry including models, fashion designers and customers to collaborate, and share ideas on how to make the industry better and beneficial for everyone involved.

“The main goal for RUNWAY GHANA is to build a sustainable fashion business in the long term coupled with building global fashion mentors out of [Ghana’s] local fashion homes. This we have demonstrated and showcased to the world by bringing all fashion stakeholders on one platform and have further built direct relationships between clothing companies, models, fashion designers and their customers locally and on the international front,” remarked Mr. Wisdom Akwesi Ababio, CEO of RUNWAY GHANA while extending his appreciation for the meeting.

Responding, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio assured RUNWAY GHANA of the support of the Office of Diaspora Affairs. He also shared his excitement towards the initiative which is determined to boost the textile industry.

The team from RUNWAY GHANA further presented an achievement award to Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio honouring him for his contribution towards the merging and the business sustainability of Ghanaian fashion through Diaspora engagement.

The annual event is set to showcase Ghanaian fashion, music and art through its enactment of social, cultural and economic initiatives including Buy Ghana and Wear Ghana. Other activities planned for this year includes New York Fashion Week as well as a workshop to educate participants on business opportunities in the fashion industry while shedding light on the fashion industry and emerging fashion designers through a collaborative catwalk and exhibition.

A Working Visit to Complete Farmer: Digital Remote Farming from Seed to Market

The 28th of April, 2021 saw the Director of Diaspora Affairs, Akwasi Awua Ababio pay a working visit to the office of Complete Farmer in East Legon, Accra. This followed a visit by the founder Desmond Koney to the Jubilee House a week prior to introduce his platform to the Office.  Complete Farmer founded by Ghanaian, Desmond Koney is an end to end digital agriculture platform which enables industries across the globe to source for agriculture commodities and also allows for individuals to participate in the agriculture value chain. The company is made up of a pan African team of young professionals from engineering, business, agronomy, finance and marketing backgrounds.

Giving Mr. Ababio a tour of their office, Desmond Koney explained how the platform works. Users sign up on the website and select which crops they would want to farm as well as the acreage, all from the comfort of being behind their digital devices. With over 12,000 acres of farm cultivation across Ghana, Complete Farmer takes this request and outsources the farming project to their farmers, about 350 in number. Farms are selected and cultivated on based on extensive research and data to ensure high quality yield. The platform uses satelites and sensors allowing for users to view and get comprehensive updates on their farms at any place and at any point in time. Upon harvest, users are notified. The platform not only includes farmers but a buyer market place as well. Thus, users are assured of buyers and can also determine how many bags they would want to sell and to whom. Complete Farmer currently ships high quality agriculture produce to the Netherlands, Germany, China, India, Sinagapore and United Arab Emirates. The platform currently farms soy beans, maize, ginger, carrots, sweet potatoes, chilli pepper, groundnuts, cassava, sesame seeds and pineapple.

The Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Ababio commended Desmond Koney and his team for instituting such an initiative in agriculture. As this initiative also intersects with the Government of Ghana’s drive to encourage agriculture, Mr. Ababio assured Desmond Koney of support from the Government. He also mentioned the platform is an initiative which can be recommended to people in the diaspora as it will allow for those not in Ghana to be able to invest in farming without being here. Moreover, those in the country who would want to get into farming but do not want to get into the physical act could also take advantage of the platform. Mr. Ababio further assured Complete Farmer of the support and future engagement with Diaspora Affairs to introduce the platform to members of the Diaspora.

Queen Afua visits Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President

Queen Afua and her wellness team paid a visit to the presidency on 24th March, 2020 upon the invite of the Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio. Arriving with her entourage, they were ushered in the conference room where they met with the Director, Deputy Director Mad. Nadia Adongo Musah, Presidential Advisor on Health Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Deputy Chief of Staff Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman and staff of Diaspora Affairs.

Mad. Nadia welcomed and introduced those present. Queen Afua shared her appreciation towards the reception she had received on her visit to Ghana. This she mentioned has touched her that she will be bringing with her in August during her birthday about 100 people from the Diaspora for a wellness event. She further shared her intentions of setting up a Global Centre for Wellness in Ghana where healing will be done holistically and with herbs. She went on to introduce some of her products to officials present and signed her books making a presentation to the officials present.

The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Nsiah-Asare expressed his pleasure in meeting Queen Afua and her team. He lauded Queen Afua’s intentions to set up a Wellness Centre in Ghana noting the need for a more holistic approach to health issues. For the Deputy Chief of Staff, Adumua-Bossman the presence of Queen Afua and her intention to set up a wellness was a benefit accrued from the Year of Return. He further assured Queen Afua of the Government of Ghana’s support to enable Queen Afua fulfill her intentions.

Members of Queen Afua’s wellness team also shared their appreciation towards the reception they had received thus far and were looking forward to the spiritual journey ahead of them as they set out to visit various places in Ghana.

 

Orientation Programme for Newly Appointed Ambassadors and High Commisioners

In preparation for the newly appointed Ambassadors and High Commisioners to represent Ghana abroad, the DIrector of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio was invited to make a presentation on the topic “Diaspora Engagement for Development” on Wednesday, 14th April, 2021 at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the Dr. Obed Asamoah Conference Room.

The Director during his submission reiterated the importance of the Diaspora to Ghana as they carry powerful assets which when harnessed can help transform the nation. Mr. Awua further highlighted the important role the Office of Diaspora Affairs plays in ensuring there is a framework which can be structured and instituted to allow the country effectively engage and include the Diaspora in nation building. Moreover, the Office he mentioned was working with the National Identification Authority to make a database of Ghanaians living in the Diaspora.

As a result, he shared with the newly appointed envoys the Diaspora Engagement Policy which is in the pipeline, a comprehensive document which had been compiled following stakeholder consultations in various countries including the United States, France, Germany, U.K., Canada and Nigeria. Mr. Ababio urged the Ambassadors and High Commisioners designates to make it a point to reach out to the Ghanaian Diaspora and to make Ghana a place of interest for them not only to move back but at the very least invest in financially. The historical Diaspora was not left out of the discussion. Here, Mr. Ababio mentioned the country may have to in the forseeable future develop an orientation programme to better manage the expectations of all those who desire to return or move to Ghana.

In an engaging question and answer session with the newly appointed envoys, some issues raised included: addressing issues of irregular migrations; ensuring Ghanaians in the diaspora can vote; dual citizenship; and an appeal to have the country be cautious in how it deals with the identities of others who have been called to return to Ghana. An appeal was also made to have Diaspora Affairs work closely with Ghana’s missions abroad.

Mr. Ababio further briefed the Designates on the Year of Return, its successes and challenges and further highlighted the Beyond the Return agenda.

 

 

 

Zakisha Brown meets with Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio, Director, Diaspora Affairs

Canadian-born Jamaican artist Zakisha Brown paid the Director a visit on Wednesday, 7th April 2021. The meeting had her express her profound admiration and appreciation towards Ghana, springing from the Year of Return 2019 which was the catalyst for her coming to Ghana. Zakisha mentioned staying for three months then she fell in love with the country that when she left she made the hit song Went to Ghana, which points to some of her experiences and observations in the country. Zakisha also mentioned she is currently working on her debut album as well as filming the visuals in Ghana. She also mentioned she is into some community service projects which includes workshops for teenagers in schools as well partaking in some beach clean ups as well as farming.

The Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio on the receiving end thanked Zakisha for making it a point to come visit and introduce herself to the office. He also expressed gratitude that Zakisha amongst many had responded to the clarion call put out by Ghana to have the Diaspora come engage and interact with Africa through Ghana. Zakisha’s story is a testament to the success of the Year of Return which has now morphed to become Beyond the Return to help the country consolidate the gains made from the event. This visit, for the Director, was the first of many mutual interactions and engagements with the Office and Zakisha.