South African High Commissioner-Designate Presents Open Letters

The High Commissioner-designate of South Africa to Ghana, Grace Jeanet Mason, has presented her Open Letters to Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

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The presentation was done on Thursday, 19th November, 2020, at the Foreign Ministry in Accra.

​Grace Jeanet Mason, served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa from September 2017 until her appointment as High Commissioner-Designate of South Africa to Ghana.

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​Other positions she has occupied include the Head of Protocol and Ceremonial at the Presidency, South Africa, from September 2015 to August 2017 and Director State Visits at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, from September 2009 to August 2015.

In a statement to receive the letters, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey recalled the longstanding historical relations between Ghana and South Africa dating back to the liberation struggle in Africa.

She indicated that the bonds of friendship between our two countries have been underpinned by our shared values of mutual respect, commitment to democracy, good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

The Minister said the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, particularly, in recent times, have grown from strength to strength, characterized by several exchanges of high-level visits which have resulted in economic dividends for our two countries.

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She recalled that the State visit to South Africa by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in July 2018, where a decision was taken to elevate the bilateral framework and the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) between Ghana and South Africa, to a Bi-National Commission.

Also, she refered to President Akufo-Addo’s visit in December 2018, to attend the “Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100”, held under the auspices of the government of South Africa and the House of Mandela as part of the Centenary celebration of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

She said the participation of the President of the Republic in the first and second African Investment Fora organized by the African Development Bank in Sandton, Johannesburg in November 2018 and November 2019, respectively.

The minister mentioned that
Ghana has had the pleasure of also receiving Cyril Ramaphosa to Ghana in December 2019 and added that the visit undoubtedly strengthened the already existing good relations and cooperation between Ghana and South Africa.

She noted that the AfCFTA creates an opportunity for the two countries to boost trade relations and express the hope that the business community in both countries will take advantage of the large market to invest in the two countries.”

She expressed the hope that Ms. Mason will work to strengthen the already cordial relations between the two countries during her tenure, assuring her that the Government of Ghana will support her to ensure a successful tour of duty in Ghana.

By Melvin Tarlue

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