Welcome to Ghana

HE John Dramani MahamaHE John Dramani Mahama<
President of Ghana

Welcome to Ghana!

As an active and committed member of the Commonwealth, Ghana shares the ideals and aspirations of the fifty-three member organisation.

This is because we believe that the Commonwealth has a vital role to play in harmonising interests and forging partnerships across the globe.

We are happy to be part of the organisation’s efforts at strengthening civil society particularly in our country and also further expanding our democratic culture, institutions of accountability, and business practices in a manner that enables all to experience the rewards of economic growth and prosperity.

Under my leadership, Ghana will continue to forge the necessary partnerships and business networks across the world in furtherance of our interests and those of the Commonwealth aimed at creating viable opportunities for investors to create close links with the Ghanaian business community.

We in Ghana believe that our destiny is a call to leadership in Africa and beyond.

As the first African country south of the Sahara to gain independence, we have always cherished our close ties with countries and organisations such as the Commonwealth with which we share core values and principles.

Our recent discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantities, and my administration’s strong commitment to building a Better Ghana, offer great opportunities for investing in an economy that is on a strong footing.

Also, our colourful cultural festivals as well as our strengthened socio-economic environment and democratic credentials make us not only an ideal tourist destination but also the natural gateway to West Africa.

As President, I invite you to make Ghana a destination of choice, and I look forward to working with all Commonwealth Leaders in fulfilling the aspirations of our people.

The warmth of the Ghanaian people as well as our proverbial hospitality awaits all visitors.

Message from the previous President HE Professor John Evans Atta Mills (1944-2012)

Ghana in the Commonwealth

did you know?

  • Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, delivered the 3rd Annual Commonwealth Lecture, on ‘Africa Wants to Trade its Way out of Poverty’, in 2000.
  • Scholarships and fellowships are awarded by Ghana to citizens of other Commonwealth countries under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.
  • Three Ghanaians have excelled in international football in recent times: Abédi Pelé was voted African Footballer of the Year in 1991, 1992 and 1993; Michael Essien came third in the poll in 2005 and 2006, and second in 2008; and Samuel Kuffour, second in 1999 and 2001.

Four Ghanaians have been regional winners in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize:

  • Ama Ata Aidoo received the Best Book award and Lawrence Darmani, Best First Book, in 1992;
  • Lucy Safo, Best First Book in 1994; and
  • Benjamin Kwakye, Best First Book in 1999 and Best Book in 2006.

Senior Commonwealth officers

  • Betty Mould-Iddrisu, former Director of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Dr George Afeti, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa
  • Samuel Awuku Okudzeto, Chair of the Advisory Commission, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
  • Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, former President of the Commonwealth Medical Association
  • Dr Richard Suu-Ire, President of the Commonwealth Veterinary Association

Commonwealth meetings hosted

  • 1977 Seventh Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Accra
  • 2005 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting in Accra

Commonwealth Yearbook: Ghana Country Profile