The first FICAC Pan African Conference for Honorary Consuls on the African continent has been held in Accra.
Organised by the Honorary Consular Corps Ghana (HCCGH) under leadership of the Dean, Dimitrios Avraam, this prestigious event brought together esteemed honorary consuls from across the African continent.
The Conference featured distinguished guest-speakers including the Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Ghana, Maher Khier, and Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who delivered an insightful speech on women in diplomacy.
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Notably, the President, Vice President and General-Secretary of FICAC (World Federation of Consuls) were also in attendance.
Under the theme ‘FICAC’s Perspectives on Africa and the Role of Honorary Consuls’, the Conference provided a platform for thought-provoking discussions on the evolving diplomatic landscape in Africa, and the essential role played by honorary consuls in advancing diplomatic relations and fostering economic development.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey spoke on the significant contributions of women in diplomacy, shedding light on their pivotal role in shaping diplomatic policies, promoting peace and security, and championing gender equality. The minister emphasised the need for increased representation of women in diplomatic circles, highlighting their unique perspectives, skills, and experiences that enrich decision-making processes.
The team earlier paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House. The delegation – led by Nikolaos Margaropolous, president of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC) – were at the seat of government on Tuesday 30th May 2023.
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Other members of the delegation were Asif Chowdhury, Vice President of FICAC; Purrshottam Bhaggeria, Secretary-General of FICAC; Dimitrios Avraam, Dean of the Honorary Consul Corps of Ghana (HCCGH); Subhi Accad, Deputy Dean of HCCGH; Kwame Acquah, Executive Secretary of HCCGH, as well as a cross-section of HCCGH members and other delegates from various African countries.
The FICAC president presented a citation to President Akufo-Addo, conferring on him FICAC’s highest honour, the Gold Star Award, for his contribution to the growth and sustenance of peace. The president, expressed his appreciation for the visit and emphasised Ghana’s commitment to promoting African unity, economic growth and sustainable development. He highlighted the need for increased cooperation among African nations, stressing the importance of trade, investment and cultural exchanges to foster mutual prosperity.
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Since it was founded in Copenhagen on 2 October 1982, FICAC has been holding periodic conferences to strengthen bonding among Consuls and to channel their experience in professional fields.
The Honorary Consuls from across the world on Tuesday, May 30th planted a symbolic tree of peace at the Legon Botanical Gardens in Accra, Ghana. The remarkable ‘peace tree’ planting ceremony, which symbolised unity, harmony and environmental stewardship, was part of the just-ended FICAC Conference for Honorary Consuls in Africa’s activities. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana also graced the occasion as the special guest of honour.
Planting the peace tree served as a powerful symbol for the collective commitment of honorary consuls toward peace, unity and global collaboration. It represented the nurturing and growth of peaceful relations between nations, emphasising the need for mutual respect and shared goals. Beyond its symbolic meaning, the peace tree planting ceremony underscored the importance of environmental stewardship. It emphasised the role of trees in mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity, promoting a greener future through sustainable practices
The Honorary Consular Corps Ghana (HCCGH) is a body of all Honorary Consuls in Ghana that was established in 1996. The Group currently has 40 members.