France Lauds Ghana’s Successes

ambasThe French President, François Hollande has praised Ghana for her strides in economic growth and democratic practice, saying Ghana’s achievements in them are worth emulating by other African nations.

He has therefore, assured of France’s continued support at enhancing Ghana’s democracy, good governance and economic development.

President Hollande stated this during an interaction with Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, at the Élysée Presidential Palace in Paris, last Friday. The interaction which focused on bilateral relations between the two countries and political developments in West Africa, was held after the Ambassador, who is also Ghana’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, presented her Letters of Credence to the French President, at a brief, colourful ceremony at the palace.

President Hollande said Ghana’s democratic credentials had earned it enormous prestige and respect around the world, and urged the government, the political parties, civil society groups and all stakeholders to continue to work together to protect the feat.

He lauded Ghana’s immense contribution to regional peace and development, as well as health and the fight against Ebola.

President Hollande commended President John Mahama for his leadership role in the sub-region, and pledged Fance continued support and partnership with Ghana.

He commended Mrs. Svanikier for her appointment as the new ambassador to France and wished her a successful tour of duty and assured that the French government would offer her the necessary assistance and cooperation to ensure that she succeeds in strengthening the ties between the two countries.

Ambassador Svanikier thanked President Hollande for receiving her, and expressed her appreciation for the healthy relationship between the two countries, and pledged to promote economic diplomacy in support of Ghana’s development drive.

She assured her host of her unwavering commitment to further enhance the political, economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

The new Ambassador informed President Hollande that as Chairman of ECOWAS, President John Dramani Mahama had recently visited the three Ebola afflicted countries, and pledged the solidarity of member states and to delivered some relief items to them. She explained further that, Ghana is the coordinating centre for relief items to the affected countries.

On governance in West Africa, she intimated that President Mahama had led the ECOWAS demand compliance with the principles of democracy and constitutional governance in Burkina Faso, towards achieving the peace, after the recent ousting of President Blaise Compaore.

Mrs. Svanikier, holds a Master’s Degree in law from the London School of Economics, UK, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, U.S.A. and a Master in Political Science and International Relations Research from the University of Oxford, U.K. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1991, and in Ghana, in 1992.

She has worked as a Barrister, a University Lecturer and a Legal and Development Consultant.

She was a former lecturer at the University of Ghana and a Commissioner at the National Development Planning Commission until her appointment.

She is the author of several books including “Women’s Rights and the Law in Ghana.”

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