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Robert Porter Jackson has been sworn in as the new United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana. This was contained in a press release from the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy on January 13, 2016 and signed by Sara Veldhuizen Stealy, an Information Officer. The Oath was administered by the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas –Greenfield.

Speaking at the swearing in ceremony, Ambassador Jackson expressed his excitement about his movement to Ghana. “One of the leading democracies on the African continent, with active political parties and civil society organisations, a lively media, a history of peaceful political transitions, an unpolitical military and a good human rights record”, the statement noted.

According to the statement, Ambassador Jackson intends to build on what he had learnt over the thirty three years about building partnerships. “My priorities will be to promote strong institutions, good governance, peace, trade, education and health, unlocking Ghana’s potential for sustained, inclusive, broad-based economic growth and helping it graduate from traditional development assistance” the statement added.

 Ambassador Jackson was hopeful that three years from now, the relationship between the US and Ghana would grow deeper than before with each benefiting from the friendship, commerce, engagement and exchanges, the statement hinted.

Before his appointment, the statement revealed, Ambassador Jackson had served as the US Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs since October 2013. He had also been the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon from 2010-2013. His previous overseas assignments include political and economic counsellor, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Political-Military Officer, Lisbon, Portugal; Chief of the Political Section, Harare, Zimbabwe; Political and Economic Officer in Bujumbura, Burundi and Consular and Economic Officer in Montreal, Canada.

He had also served in Washington, D. C as the Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy; as the Country Officer for Zimbabwe, Botswana and Nigeria; and as the coordinator of the Entry-Level Officer Training Program and Deputy Director of the Orientation Division at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, the statement added.

Ambassador Jackson earned his M.S. in National Resource Strategy from National Defence University, his M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

In attendance were Lieutenant General Joseph Henry Smith, Ambassador of Ghana to the United States, the Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson and former U. S. Ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitelbaum.

Source: ISD (Naa Korkoi Essah)