Announcement

NOTICE ON VISA ARRANGEMENTS FOR YEAR OF RETURN

“THE GOVERNMENT OF GHANA HAS INTRODUCED NEW MEASURES THAT WOULD ENABLE VISITORS TRAVELLING TO GHANA DURING THE YEAR OF RETURN TO OBTAIN VISA-ON-ARRIVAL.

TRAVELLERS ARE, HOWEVER, TO NOTE THAT THE FIRST OPTION WOULD BE TO OBTAIN VISAS FROM GHANA MISSIONS IN THEIR COUNTRIES OF RESIDENCE.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO SIMPLIFY CHECK-IN PROCEDURES FOR BOARDING PASSENGERS AND EASE THE BURDEN ON TRAVELLERS WHO ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN GHANAIAN VISAS IN THEIR COUNTRIES OF RESIDENCE.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS ARE VALID TILL JANUARY 2020.”

NEW VISA ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A. SINGLE ENTRY THREE (3) MONTHS-SIXTY DOLLARS (US$60)
B. MULTIPLE ENTRE FIVE (5) YEARS-ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS(US$100)
C. EXPEDITED PROCESSING OF VISAS SHOULD BE REFLECTED AS OPTIONAL FEATURE

NEWS

In line with the government’s “Diaspora Engagement” policy, the High Commission of Ghana in South Africa (the Pretoria Mission) on 1st June, 2016 issued the first batch of 61 Ghana biometric passports, processed locally at the High Commission to successful applicants. This follows the installation of the software and data capturing and printing hardware at the Mission last month.

The formal outdooring of the scheme was performed by the High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi and witnessed by Mission Staff, some Executives of the Ghanaian Associations, Mamaga Sename III, the Queenmother of Mafi Traditional Area, who was on a courtesy visit to the High Commission and the Media. Now all Ghanaian citizens in the SADC region have the option of traveling to Pretoria for their biometric passports.

The Pretoria Mission thus becomes the first of the six missions identified for the roll out of the biometric passports abroad to have actually started issuing the booklets. The others are London, Berlin, New York, Abuja and Washington. It is envisaged that in the near future, all Ghanaian Missions would have the capability of issuing biometric passports and have therefore been instructed to bring their ICT capabilities up to date to make possible online applications.

Source: GHC, Pretoria
   
Namibian Media Boss at Ghana’s Windhoek Mission

Ms. Gwen Lister, the Chairperson of the Namibia Media Trust (NMT) has called on the High Commissioner of Ghana to Namibia, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah. She delivered the keynote address at the just ended World Press Freedom Day (WPFD 2016) forum in Helsinki, Finland.

She was founding editor of “The Namibian” newspaper in 1985, and also chaired the UNESCO Seminar which adopted the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media in 1991, which led to the UN adopting May 3 every year as the World Press Freedom Day.

The Namibia Media Trust publishes The Namibian, one of the leading dailies in the country. Ms Lister discussed with the High Commissioner issues relating to freedom of expression and access to information, the theme of WPFD 2016. The High Commissioner presented her a copy of the message from President Mahama to WPFD 2016.

In her keynote she announced a “Free Speech for Africa Award” saying: “With undeniable setbacks in free expression globally, at times in the most unexpected places, our collective efforts as defenders of this fundamental right become increasingly important. For this reason, the Namibian Media Trust, which I Chair, today recommits itself to this critical task by initiating The Free Speech for Africa Award to inspire voices on the continent to speak up against social, economic, and political injustice.” The Award, she explained to the High Commissioner, would not be restricted to journalists or media people alone but to any ideas, actions, deeds that clearly “express” creativity and progress.

On the UN Sustainable Development Goals, she said, “For all who believe in journalism, we need to hold governments accountable to their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular on ‘public access to information and fundamental freedoms’. This is our right and, more importantly, our responsibility.”

President Mahama of Ghana co-chairs the UN Advocacy Group on the SDGs with the Prime Minister of Norway.

Source: GHC, Windhoek
   

WPFD 2016

GOAL 16

A Message from H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana
Co-Chair of the United Nations Advocacy Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Twenty six years ago, a new nation was born and with it, new hopes and visions. Within one year of its liberation, Namibia hosted in its capital city of Windhoek a major world changing event which history has recorded as the Windhoek Declaration.

The Declaration spoke eloquently about the vital role a free, independent, pluralistic press plays in human development and progress, and with that, the United Nations was called upon to set aside a day to observe press freedom.

World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) came into being, and 25 years on, has grown to encompass the wider freedoms of expression and access to information.

A globally observed event, World Press Freedom day is a platform to celebrate advances in press freedom, including the defence of media professionals from attacks on their independence, and more sobering, the day commemorates those who have lost their lives in an attempt to preserve our fundamental right to seek and receive information…Read More

   

UK, Ghana Envoys in Namibia Confer


p>The High Commissioners of the United Kingdom/Northern Ireland and Ghana in Namibia have pledged to work closely to advance their countries’ relationships with Namibia.

This was revealed during a courtesy visit to the Ghana High Commissioner, H.E. Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah, MOV by H.E. Jo Lomas, the British High Commissioner to Namibia.

As members of the Commonwealth, both Missions work closely within the Commonwealth Group in Namibia’s Diplomatic Community. The two envoys discussed bilateral issues in education, trade and good governance.

The Ghanaian Envoy used the occasion to inform his British counterpart about developments in Ghana, especially preparations towards Election 2016.

 

UN Secretary-General Appoints President John Dramani Mahama as Co-Chair of Eminent Persons to Support Promotion of New Sustainable Development Goals

19-01-2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a group of eminent persons to help promote action aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25th September 2015.
The Advocates will build on their unique standing and leadership to promote the SDGs as part of an ambitious and transformative global development agenda.  They are to support the Secretary-General in his efforts to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
The SDG Advocates will promote the universal character of the SDGs, including their commitment to leave no one behind; to promote the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation and financing of the SDGs; to encourage partnerships with Governments, civil society and the private sector to share knowledge and resources; and to raise awareness for the integrated nature of the SDGs.

The Advocates include:

Co-Chairs

  • John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway

Members

  • Queen Mathilde of Belgium
  • Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  • Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Co-Founder, Qatar Foundation
  • Richard Curtis, Screenwriter, Producer and Film Director
  • Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson, United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation
  • Leymah Gbowee, Director, Gbowee Peace Foundation
  • Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group
  • Graça Machel, President, Foundation for Community Development
  • Leo Messi, World Renowned Footballer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • Alaa Murabit, Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women
  • Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

Source: United Nations