Welcome

Message from the Head of Delegation

Claude MAERTEN
Ambassador, Head of Delegation

Welcome – Akwaba

Ghana, a great and strong nation “Bold to defend forever the cause of Freedom and of Right… Black star of hope and honour”. This extract from the national anthem of Ghana is stirringly evocative of the pride of its nation and its people, of their forceful determination to progress harmoniously and peacefully for better living conditions for all, for peace, democracy and economic and social development.

Ghana has had many successes, but there are also many challenges ahead, not the least being to manage the transition to a middle income economy with an emerging oil sector. The EU is convinced that with its past experience and record, Ghana will continue on its path towards sustainable economic and social development for the benefit of all and show its capacity to reach the middle income status well before 2020.

The Ghana-EU partnership is multifaceted and deepening on many fronts to share a common vision on how to face the global challenges of the 21st century. There has been continuous political dialogue; Ghana has been the first country to sign a Voluntary Partnership Agreement to ensure the wood produced and exported to Europe is of certified origin; we are jointly aiming at concluding a regional Economic Partnership Agreement, and Ghana has benefitted from a total of EUR 1.1 billion (equivalent to 2.2 billion Ghana Cedis) of the EU development cooperation since the establishment of the EU delegation in 1976.

In Europe, we are proud to see that all these have an impact on the daily lives of many Ghanaian citizens as almost  1500 km of feeder roads have been built; approximately 360 km of trunk roads have been rehabilitated; almost 3000 social and sanitation facilities have been built (school blocks, teachers' quarters, rural clinics, sanitation facilities etc.) under the micro-project programmes; the number of reported cases of Guinea Worm decreased from 4,134 in 2006 to 8 in 2010, thanks to the Guinea Worm Eradication Programme.

In Europe, on 1st of December 2009, a new treaty between the 28 Member States of the European Union entered into force: the Treaty of Lisbon. One of the major achievements of the Lisbon Treaty is in the field of external relations; it gives Europe a stronger and clearer voice in relations with its partners worldwide, it increases the impact, the coherence and the visibility of the EU's external action.

A new European External Action Service represented by the EU Delegations around the world, including this delegation in Accra, has been created. I am committed to enriching and deepening our strong partnership, with all the colleagues at the Delegation, in the years to come. 

This website hopes to provide you with up-to-date information on the EU, its institutions and policies as well as its activities in Ghana and the world. I wish you an interesting journey when surfing this website and hope it responds to your needs of information and answers your questions on the role of the EU Delegation to Ghana.

Long live Ghana- EU cooperation

Claude MAERTEN
Ambassador, Head of Delegation