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66TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY OF GHANA CELEBRATED IN BELGIUM UNDER THE THEME: STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS FOR PROSPERITY AND UNITY
On 30th March, 2023, the Embassy held its 66th Independence Anniversary reception at the Residency of Her Excellency Mrs. Sena Siaw-Boateng, Ambassador and Head of Mission. The event was attended by a host of dignitaries including Mr. Bernard Quintin, Deputy Manager for Africa at the European External Action Service and H.E. Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Secretary General of the OACPS as guests of honour.

In her speech, Ambassador Sena Siaw-Boateng expressed her pleasure in welcoming the guests to the celebration of Ghana's 66th Independence Anniversary. The Ambassador highlighted the theme chosen by the Ghanaian government for the 66th Independence Anniversary, which was "Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose," and emphasised the importance of these three interlinked words for achieving a prosperous, equal, and safe country for Ghanaians at home and abroad.

She noted that Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence and led the way by supporting other African countries with the necessary resources to gain their independence and ultimately chart the course for a free, strong, and united continent. She also highlighted the significant strides Ghana had made as an emerging economy and its varied contributions at the regional, continental, and international levels despite many challenges.

Furthermore, Ambassador Sena Siaw-Boateng highlighted Ghana's objective of strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation with its bilateral partners, particularly Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as multilateral partners such as the European Union (EU), and the Organisation for African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS), to which the Embassy is accredited. She also acknowledged Ghana's collaboration with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in contributing to the Global Peace and Security Architecture.

Regarding Ghana's engagements with Belgium, the Ambassador highlighted high-level engagements pre and post-COVID period such as the signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement, and increasing trade volumes between Ghana and Belgium, particularly in Ghana's infrastructure sector. She also underscored the business missions facilitated by the Embassy and the collaboration with the Brussels, Flanders, and Walloon Investment Agencies.

Additionally, Ambassador Siaw-Boateng acknowledged the EU's allocation of ten million Euros to support food security in Ghana and the ongoing cooperation to implement Africa's first-ever major strategic intervention in domestic vaccine production intended to make Ghana a Vaccine Manufacturing Hub in the sub-region.

The Secretary General of the OACPS, H.E. Georges Rebelo Chikoti, and the Deputy Manager for Africa at the European External Action Service, Mr. Bernard Quintin, also gave remarks during the event. They both commended Ghana for its leadership and commitment to regional integration and development. They both expressed the continued support of their respective organisations for Ghana's efforts to achieve its developmental goals and aspirations.

In conclusion, Ambassador Sena Siaw-Boateng thanked the guests for attending the event and acknowledged the generosity of the following sponsors who made it possible: Belgium-Ghana Business Council, Kasapreko, Ghana COCOBOD, Specialty Brewery Ghana, Denys NV Belgium, Niche Cocoa, and Sienna Services Belgium.

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