U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson through his tenure has contributed immensely to the development of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana. It is for this reason the Chamber organized a farewell luncheon to acknowledge his contributions.
The event which was hosted at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra was attended by Members of the Chamber.
In his remarks, Ambassador Jackson said, “I always welcome the opportunity to engage with the American business community, but it is sad that it’s already time to start thinking about saying goodbye to Ghana. While travel, scheduling conflicts, and the imminent departure of many of my team led us to convene this “farewell” event in March, just know that “I am not leaving yet!”
Ambassador Jackson has been in Ghana since 2015 and throughout this period, he has supported AmCham in various capacities through engagement, advocacy and hosting Annual General Meetings at his residence.
The Ambassador took turn in his remarks to state some achievements of his tenure. “Someone asked me the other day what I considered to be my major achievements since becoming ambassador. In looking over my tenure to date, I am especially proud of three major accomplishments: Improving literacy and healthcare; supporting democracy; and increasing trade.”
On trade, he said “I am proud of what we have done to increase our bilateral trade from $1.2 billion in 2015 to $1.6 billion in 2017. As a strong advocate for American businesses, I really enjoy seeing you succeed. I like to see us sell more American products, goods, and services here in Ghana. I like knowing that we are working to create and sustain jobs for our American citizens back home. U.S. exports to Ghana increased last year to $885.7 million, reversing a two-year decline and maintaining our positive trade balance.”
As a gesture of appreciation, the Chamber presented the Ambassador and his wife with Certificate of Appreciation and some other gift items. President of the Chamber, Mr. Joe Mensah who presented the items reiterated the immense support the Chamber and its Members have received from the Ambassador through the years.
The team from the U.S. Embassy in Ghana – Tyrena Holley, Jimmy Mauldin and Joseph Snapp were also acknowledged for their immense support and contribution.
AmCham Members who have paid their dues were also presented with their Membership Certificate at the event.