Nana Addo receives highest international diplomacy award
President Akufo-Addo was honored with the prestigious FICAC Gold Star award for his remarkable contributions to the advancement and maintenance of peace, democracy, stability, and freedoms, as well as his invaluable support to the Honorary Consuls in Ghana.
The FICAC Gold Star award, recognized by a royal decree in Belgium and held in high regard by international organizations such as the United States ECOSOG, the Organisation of American States, and the European Union, is exclusively conferred upon incumbent Heads of State.
This recognition places President Akufo-Addo among an esteemed league of global leaders, including Herman Van Rompuy, the former President of the European Council, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and the Presidents of Cyprus, Slovenia, the Philippines, and Turkey.
Remarkably, this honor has also been bestowed upon Popes Benedict and Francis, who typically do not accept awards from governments or organizations but offered FICAC the unique privilege of private audiences, culminating in the presentation of the Gold Star award.
Expressing his gratitude upon receiving the award, President Akufo-Addo acknowledged the distinguished gathering from around the world and thanked them for choosing Accra as the esteemed venue for their inaugural Pan-African conference.
He emphasized the importance of Ghanaians being present in various spheres, underscoring the vital role played by consuls both in Ghana and globally.
Notably, consuls fill the gaps where formal diplomatic representation may be lacking, facilitating engagement, trade, investments, educational exchanges, and other significant interactions crucial for each nation.
President Akufo-Addo lauded the Consular Corps in Ghana for their active and fruitful endeavors, particularly highlighting their commendable work with the Women in Diplomacy committee.
He expressed profound gratitude for the honor bestowed upon him, recognizing its significance in reinforcing his commitment to his duties and supporting the Consular Corps in Ghana to foster positive relations with their respective countries.
Established in Copenhagen in 1982, FICAC was founded to bring together Consular Associations or Corps from across the globe, fostering the exchange of experiences and coordinating efforts to enhance the status and effectiveness of consuls.
As the oldest institution serving international bilateral relations, FICAC continues to play a crucial role in advancing consular practices worldwide.