About the Ministry
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is the principal state agent responsible for matters concerning Ghana’s external relations. In concert with 55 diplomatic missions and 59 honorary consulates, the Ministry is responsible for conducting Ghana’s Foreign Policy, thereby, making it the chief adviser to the Government in its Foreign Policy formulation.
The Ministry operates through the offices of the Minister, Deputy Minister and the Chief Director, to whom the various bureaux with their Directors report, including Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Administration; Finance; Legal and Consular Affairs; Passports; Information and Public Affairs; Protocol; Africa and Regional Integration; Americas; Europe; Middle East; Asia-Pacific; Multilateral Relations; ICT Unit and Internal Audit.
Dr Nkrumah, upon independence on 6 March 1957, made a historic pronouncement of Africa’s liberation which has underpinned Ghana’s Foreign Policy. Consequently, the Ministry was established in 1957, with him as its first Foreign Minister. Under his personal direction, he established an autonomous African Affairs Secretariat to promote African Unity. The Secretariat was later incorporated into the Ministry after his overthrow in 1966.
The Ministry aims at being a well-resourced Foreign Ministry capable of establishing, developing and sustaining international goodwill, solidarity and promotion of national interest.
In carrying out its mission of promoting and protecting the national interest, the Ministry makes recommendations to Government on appropriate initiative options and responses in the light of unfolding domestic and international events. It also takes into account all the factors that impinge directly and indirectly on the national interest in the formulation of Ghana’s Foreign Policy. This involves the protection and defence of territorial integrity of Ghana, protection of our nationals, ensuring peace and stability for our country and sub-region, contributing to wider international peace and security, cultivating a favourable image of Ghana abroad and defending that image.