HON. SHIELEY AYORKOR BOTCHWEY : GHANA’S MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), was appointed January 10, 2017.
She is a product of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the Pitman’s Central College, Universities of London and Westminster all in the United Kingdom (UK).
The Hon. Minister holds an Executive MBA, (Project Management option), MA in Public Communication, Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), a Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising as well as a certificate in Marketing Management.
Before entering into frontline politics, Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey ran a successful Marketing and Communications Company where she was a consultant for the Ministry of Tourism.
As a practitioner of public administration, she worked with various organizations such as Worldspace Ghana, the Divestiture Implementation Committee, Glaxo Group Research and Hodge Recruitment.
In the last NPP administration under President John Agyekum Kufuor, Hon Ayorkor Botchwey served as Deputy Minister for the Foreign Affairs, Information, as well as the Trade and Industry ministries. She is a fourth term legislator and represented the most populous constituency in the country, Weija, for two terms until it was demarcated. She is currently serving a second term, representing the people of Anyaa/Sowutuom.
At the party level, the Hon. Minister served as spokesperson on Foreign Affairs between the year 2009 and 2013.
During the same period, she was Ranking Member for the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and subsequently, the Appointments, Defence and Interior Committees of Parliament
A member of the ECOWAS Parliament from 2013 – 2017, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey worked with her colleagues to assist the Community Parliament in its advisory role in considering matters concerning the region particularly on issues relating to fundamental human rights and freedom, while making recommendations to institutions and organs of ECOWAS. The Hon Minister also served as Vice Chair on the NEPAD & APRM Committees.
Currently she sits on the Communication as well as the Gender and Children Committees of Parliament where she works with colleague members to look into matters relating to communications generally as well as examine all gender and children focused issues to ensure their inclusion in all appropriate legislation.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, is a mother of two.
HIS EXCELLENCY ERIC ODOI-ANIM : AMBASSADOR OF GHANA TO ZIMBABWE
His Excellency Eric Odoi-Anim is a career Diplomat with over three decades experience in the Ghana Foreign Service; which he joined in 1987.
He is a product of Swedru Secondary School and Winneba Secondary School. A lawyer by profession, Ambassador Odoi-Anim, holds the LL.B degree awarded in 1980 from University of Ghana, Legon, and was called to the Ghana Bar in 1982. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD). Additionally Ambassador Odoi-Anim holds a graduate Diploma in Diplomacy from the Fourah Bay College in Freetown, as well as a Diploma in the Law of the Sea and Ocean Management from the Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia , Canada (under the auspices of the International Ocean Institute).
His Excellency is also a recipient of a graduate certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy in the Netherlands. He also has other Diplomas from the Washington Institute of International Relations and the Academy of Social Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria.
His Excellency has worked in various bureaux in the course of his career. He worked with the Audit and Inspectorate Bureau, the Multilateral Relations Bureau, the Legal and Consular Bureau and the Africa & Regional Integration Bureau.
His Excellency Ambassador Odoi-Anim, served as the Director for the Legal and Consular Bureau, the Passport Office and the Human Resources and Administration Bureau.
He attended several Conferences and represented Ghana as Secretary during the Conference for the establishment of the International Criminal Court, and also the establishment of the International Seabed Authority.
Ambassador Odoi-Anim is presently Ghana’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe with concurrent accreditation to Mozambique and The Comoros.
He is an avid writer with several publications to his credit. He is also a keen sports enthusiast.