New US Ambassador to Ghana hands over credentials to Prez. Akufo-Addo

By Wendy Amarteifio
New US Ambassador to Ghana hands over credentials to Prez. Akufo-Addo

The new U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan has handed over her credentials to president Akufo-Addo and also taken up her duties as Ambassador.

At the Jubilee House today, speaking at a short ceremony, Stephanie S. Sullivan thanked President Akufo-Addo for the warm welcome to Ghana.

She emphasized the US-Ghana partnership focused on advancing economic growth and trade, strengthening regional security, and improving governance.

The US Ambassador in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision of an increasingly self-reliant “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda, expressed her commitment on behalf of the U.S. government to support Ghana's journey away from dependence on traditional development assistance.

Ms Sulivan highlighted the long-standing ties between the two countries, a relationship that goes beyond policy, and spans across families and friendships forged through cooperation and exchanges dating back to Ghana’s independence in 1957, and before.

Stephanie S. Sullivan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor was sworn in as US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ghana on November 30, 2018.

Formerly, she served as Ambassador to the Republic of Congo (2013-2017). Ms. Sullivan has spent half of her 32-year career in the Foreign Service working in Africa or on Africa policy in Washington, D.C.

Most recently, she was the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. after having been Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central African Affairs and Security Affairs from January to August 2017.

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Stephanie S. Sullivan and her husband John Sullivan have fond memories of living in Ghana with their two sons.

Ambassador Sullivan’s early experiences in Africa were with the Peace Corps, serving as a volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1980-1983) and later as Peace Corps Chief of Operations for the Africa Region from 1994-96 in Washington, D.C.

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