The Young Diplomats of Ghana (YDG), a non-governmental and non-profit network, has congratulated Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Member of Parliament (MP) for Anyaa-Sowutuom Constituency on her nomination as Minister-designate for Foreign Affairs by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

YDG seeks to advance the development of a new generation of leaders and diplomats in Ghana.

In a statement issued to DAILY GUIDE by its Chief Coordinator, Seth Owusu Mante Jnr., YDG indicated that “it was of the firm conviction that Hon. Ayorkor Botchway is the best candidate to steer the affairs of the Ministry.”

It said “with her all round experience and expertise as a Communication Consultant and Public Relations Practitioner, coupled with her law making experience, her work as the Ranking Member and Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs from 2009 -2013, as well as her service to the nation as a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs places her in an unparalleled position for the job.

“We believe that Hon. Ayorkor Botchway would work to consolidate and strengthen Ghana’s diplomatic relations and foreign policy to promote and protect the interest of Ghana, establish a just and equitable international, economic, political and social order and also promote respect for international law and treaty obligations, among others as envisaged by Article 40 of the 1992 Constitution,” YDG noted.

Shirley Ayorkor Botcway was among the first batch of 13 persons nominated by President Akufo-Addo.

YDG, in the statement said that “we hope the Minister-designate would continue with the good work of the immediate past Minister, Hon. Hannah Tetteh to maximize our diplomatic relations to the benefit of the country.”

“We look forward to her confirmation by parliament and to working with her to attain the objectives and mission of YDG in advancing the development of a new generation of aspiring leaders and diplomats in Ghana equipped with the needed know-how and expertise to transform the country and the continent through diplomacy and policy advocacy,” it said.

BY Melvin Tarlue/DAILYGUIDE

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