The three local Ghana unions in Sweden (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö) have pledge to support the Ghana Mission and the newly appointed ambassador, H.E Mrs. Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa, to make her the most successful ambassador to the Nordic region.
The statement was made when a delegation of executives of the three Ghana unions led by Gilbert Mensah, president of Ghana union of Gothenburg, paid a courtesy visit to the Ghana embassy to congratulate and welcome Awua-Asamoa on her appointment as the ambassador to the Nordic countries, and to follow up on an earlier proposal about a request for an honorary consular in Sweden.
In addressing the proposal for a consulate office in Sweden, Awua-Asamoa mentioned that two people have already been interviewed by the Mission, of which one is recommended to occupy a consular office in Stockholm and the other in Gothenburg and its surrounding cities.
Awua-Asamoa added that she believes in an open door policy to get closer to the Ghanaian communities. According to her, the Ghana government’s policy of transitioning from aid to trade will need the help of Ghanaians in the diaspora, of which her office is willing to assist individuals or group of people who intend to establish something back home in Ghana. To support this policy, the secretary of Ghana union of Malmö, Patrick Frimpong, gave an assurance that the Ghanaian community will collaborate with the Ghana Mission to engage influential companies and people in Sweden to help achieve the vision of the Ghana government.
Awua-Asamoa expressed the Mission’s willingness to fully collaborate with the Ghana unions and to also support the three unions to strengthen and have an umbrella union as done in other countries. “I want us to compliment each other. I want to leave this office better than I met it,” she said. According to her, strengthening the unions will help the Mission to truly identify genuine Ghanaians, since the unions will recommend applicants before they apply for any consular services.
Priscilla Ankomah, the Consular at the Mission, mentioned that applying for consular services by post as currently done in the Nordic countries is not a good idea since non-Ghanaians could use it to acquire documents. “This is the more reason why ties with the unions need to be strengthened,” she stressed
Frimpong, on behalf of the delegation, presented a gift to the Ambassador and the Mission as a sign of the unions’ preparedness to partner with the Mission.
Source: GHDiaspora/Simon Boahen