HER EXCELLENCY AMBASSADOR GINA BLAY MAKES AN OFFICIAL TRIP TO FRANKFURT
Amb. Gina Blay embarked on her maiden official trip to the city of Frankfurt in Germany from 9th to 11th
November, 2018. As part of the visit, Amb Blay held meetings with the
Managing Director of International Development of the Frankfurt Chamber
of Commerce, Dr. Jürgen Ratzinger, the President of the African German
Academic Network, Alhaji Allie Bangura, as well as members of the
Ghanaian Community in Frankfurt and its environs.
Meeting at the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce
The meeting at the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce afforded the
Ambassador an opportunity to hold very insightful deliberations laying
the foundation to forge more strategic partnerships in the area of
business in 2019.
Discussions on Ghana-German business relations also highlighted the
important role of the German Chamber of Commerce in Ghana in boosting
business relations between the two countries because it served as the
main point of access for German companies.
From left, Dr. Jürgen Ratzinger, Frankfurt Chamber of
Commerce, Amb. Gina Blay, Mr. Samuel Henry Dwamena-Yeboah, Deputy Head
of Mission, Ms. Miriam Aba Arhin, First Secretary/Political and Diaspora
Affairs, and Rev. Alex Acheampong, Chairman NPP, Germany
Meeting with African German Academic Network
November, 2018. Ambassador Blay held a meeting with the President of
the African German Academic Network (AGAA), Alhaji Allie Bangura.
The President of AGAA expressed his delight at having the opportunity
to meet with the Ambassador to discuss the activities of the
organisation. He informed the meeting that AGAA was founded in 2014 with
the overarching goal of bridging the gap between Germany and Africa by
providing a platform to foster exchange. He apprised the meeting of
AGAA’s activities including holding Business events to connect their
members (professionals/students) with German companies in Germany or in
Africa. He underscored that linking African professionals to companies
in Germany enhanced the cultural diversity in such companies, whilst
those who relocated to work in German companies in Africa were able to
utilize their skills and competencies to boost the quality of work
delivery and share best practices with their peers back at home.
The Ambassador lauded AGAA for galvanizing the educated African youth
to give back to their countries of origin. To her, the aspirations of
AGAA tied in with the vision and entrepreneurial concept of the
President of Ghana, which is to build the Ghanaian economy beyond aid.
She pledged the support of the Embassy to the activities of AGAA and
looked forward to further future engagements.
Amb. Gina Blay with staff of Mission and the President of AGAA, Alhaji Allie Bangura
Meeting with the Ghanaian Community in Frankfurt
Lastly, Amb. Gina Blay held a meeting with the Ghanaian Community in
Frankfurt and its environs. Welcoming the Ambassador and her team, the
President of the NPP in Germany, Rev. Alex Acheampong, and the President
of the Ghana Union, Darmstadt, Mr. Daniel Torkornoo, expressed
appreciation to her for taking time off her busy schedule to engage with
them. Amb. Gina Blay expressed her elation on meeting her compatriots.
She stated that as an Ambassador, she was charged with the
responsibility to engage with the Ghanaian diaspora in her jurisdiction,
listen to their concerns and explain Government policies and programmes
On that note, the Ambassador seized the opportunity
to highlight some of the ongoing projects of the Government including,
the Free SHS policy, Free Online Passport Forms, Nation Builders Corps
and the One-District One-Factory policy. She also briefed the meeting on
the President’s recent visit to Ghana for the G20 Compact with Africa
Conference. Finally, she underscored that her vision for the Ghanaian
community in Germany was to see a strong and united community, poised to
take advantage of the several opportunities Germany had to offer.
After the Ambassador’s submission, the Ghanaian Community had the
opportunity to ask questions, seek clarifications and make suggestions
on a variety of issues.
Her Excellency was accompanied by Mr.
Samuel Henry Dwamena-Yeboah, Deputy Head of Mission and Ms. Miriam Aba
Arhin, First Secretary/Political and Diaspora Affairs.
The Ambassador’s visit to Frankfurt was a success.
Amb. Gina Blay’s group photograph with Ghanaian Community based in Frankfurt and its surrounding areas.
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