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U.S gov’t contributes over $30m to fight covid 19 in Ghana—Ambassador

…as lauds AmCham for aiding 

The United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Stephanie Sullivan has disclosed that the American government has contributed over US$30 million to support the country’s COVID-19 response across a range of sectors.

She stated that the US had donated over 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines to the country, expecting more to arrive soon.

“We have also made some long-term health infrastructure investment and we will continue to address the medium- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on the health, agriculture and education sectors,” she said at a ceremony organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Ghana, in honour of the Ambassador.

Ms Sullivan also pointed out that the contribution of the membership of AMCHAM throughout the pandemic had been exemplary, and called for the spirit of togetherness among members of the AMCHAM.

Touching trade, she said trade and investment was a strategic focus of the US mission to Ghana and has been on top of her priorities as Ambassador.

“Since my arrival in Ghana, I have been very honoured to work with the all stakeholders to deepen trade between the two countries. Our economic partnership has been growing,” she stated.

With the commencement of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, she said the US was poised to capitalise on the new economic synergies and opportunities for growth that the AfCFTA brings to the continent.

“AfCFTA is focused on supporting women and youth in particular which will lead to opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

“55 countries with a combined GDP of US$3.4 trillion has a lot to offer to everyone, including US companies seeking to enter the African market,” she said.

About the ceremony

The ceremony was also used to honour some business leaders and staff of AMCHAM for their contributions to the growth of AMCHAM.

Those awarded included the Senior Vice President and Head of Ghana Business Unit of Kosmos Energy LLC, Mr Joe K. Mensah, the Managing Partner of Kimathi and Partners Corporate Attorneys, Mr Kimathi Kuenyehia, the Chief Executive Officer of TechGulf, Mr Franklin Asare, and the Communications Officer of AMCHAM Ghana, Mr Allen Anewu.

The awards ceremony was also used to introduce the new AMCHAM logo.

On her part, the AMCHAM Ghana President, Mrs Ayesha Bedwei Ibe, in her welcome address, said US companies had a lot to give thanks for, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is important to be grateful for our health and our businesses which are still standing,” she stated.

She also expressed the chamber’s appreciation to the US ambassador for her service to the US business community and to Ghana as a whole.

Mrs Ibe also congratulated all the award winners and commended all past and present Board Members and Presidents of the chamber for their contributions.

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