Presentation of State Honor to Ambassador Sullivan by President Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House, April 7, 2022
Remarks by Ambassador Sullivan to
State honor award
Jubilee House, April 7, 2022
Your Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana;
Honorable Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, Office of the President;
Honorable Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration;
Honorable Ministers of State;
Ladies and gentlemen parliamentarians;
Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of the Defense Staff and members of the military high command;
Honorable Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Members of the Judiciary;
Other senior government officials;
Your Excellency, Ambassador Claudia Turbay Quintero, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps;
regional deans and other diplomatic colleagues;
members of the clergy;
All protocols respected respectfully:
I am deeply honored to stand before you today and receive this great honor of the Ghana Grand Medal, which I accept on behalf of my outstanding team. I remember the fanfare at the presentation of my credentials over three years ago, and I could not have imagined then that I would be returning to Jubilee House today for such a meaningful presentation.
I am immensely proud of the many accomplishments we have accomplished together during my service as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana.
Thank you, Excellency, for recalling some of the highlights of my tenure. There are so many treasured memories among them, which represent the longstanding partnership between the United States and Ghana and how we have continued to advance our shared values and common interests.
Our well-established partnership will endure long after my departure, thanks to the generations of diplomats, diasporas, partners and friends who have contributed to our common history and our ties. Indeed, we all lean on the shoulders of our ancestors.
Just as I reaped the harvest of what Ambassador Rob Jackson sowed, I am confident that Ambassador Virginia Palmer will continue to water the seedlings we planted in my time, as well as plant new crops.
In the meantime, the United States Embassy will be in the capable hands of my deputy Nicole Chulick, who will soon be acting Chargé d’Affaires.
Looking back on the past three plus years, I’m proud of:
- Of how we have invested in people,
make a major difference in the lives of thousands of Ghanaians, in the areas of public health, literacy, clean water, agribusiness, peace and security;
- Of our substantial improvements
to Ghana’s energy infrastructure, providing more reliable electricity to millions of Ghanaians;
- To have built stronger economic and trade ties,
and help bring American businesses to Ghana, creating new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; and
- From our support to Ghana’s response to COVID-19
with supplies, equipment such as ventilators and oxygen plants, training and more than 9.6 million life-saving vaccines.
Our relationship has grown, just as Ghana’s regional and global leadership continues to strengthen. We have worked side by side to promote regional peace and security and have supported Ghana’s positive role in West Africa under your remarkable leadership, Excellency, as President of ECOWAS for the past two years.
I look forward to seeing how the strategy for preventing conflict and promoting stability that President Joe Biden announced last week is being implemented in Ghana, one of five West African coastal countries. included in this ten-year regional programme.
Allow me also to express the deep appreciation of the United States for Ghana’s leadership in the United Nations Security Council and throughout the United Nations system, championing the cause of freedom and right.
We have deepened official and people-to-people ties, with reciprocal visits by US and Ghanaian officials, including the White House meeting last September between Your Excellency President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Kamala Harris, which I had the privilege of attending. .
The year of return drew many of my fellow Americans to connect with Ghana in person, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and 13 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including the late great civil rights icon, Representative John Lewis.
On a less formal level, we have offered professional, educational and cultural exchange programs to young Ghanaian leaders. We have enabled hundreds of women to thrive in Ghana’s economy through entrepreneurship training and other professional development opportunities.
We are confident that you, Excellency, will continue to manage the economy in the face of global challenges, improving the enabling environment and continuing to improve the investment climate to create more jobs.
I am grateful for the support the Embassy has received from people across this beautiful country, which has made our success possible and which lays the foundation for our future success.
I am deeply grateful to count you all among the many wonderful people my husband John and I have met, and among the old and new friends we have made here. This group includes you, Mr. President, whom I left as Attorney General in 2001, and whom I then saw from afar become Minister of Foreign Affairs and then President of the Republic.
When we returned to Ghana in December 2018, our own return year, it was truly a diplomatic sankofa, returning home to a country where we had enjoyed Ghana’s legendary hospitality for four years and had the honor of be accredited by yourself!
I have come to cherish the wisdom conveyed by the many proverbs and symbols that offer guiding principles, reflect values and highlight our common humanity. I remember another adinkra symbol, Nkosonkonsonthe link in the chain, which illustrates how we are all connected.
I know I will continue to feel this connection long after I leave the shores of Ghana. John and I will keep Ghana in our hearts when we leave in a few days. Thank you again for conferring on me this state honor, emblematic of the effective and growing partnership between Ghana and the United States.
May the United States and Ghana continue to prosper and deepen our partnership forever!
And before leaving the podium, allow me to thank my husband John Sullivan, who has always been with me, as a pillar of support.
Thank you for this great honor and for your kind attention.