Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Alima Mahama, paid a working visit to Worcester, Massachusetts from Thursday, July 14, to Saturday, July 16.
During the visit, she met Mr. Barry M. Maloney, President of Worcester State University, and both discussed a possible collaboration between the University and universities in Ghana.
The discussion covered student exchanges and early college courses for Ghanaian students especially research courses in the areas of information, biotechnology, public health, etc.
She also met with the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Ms. Karyn Polito, who praised Ghanaians in Worcester for being intelligent, smart, hardworking, and respectful citizens of the community.
In this meeting also the two discussed collaboration between Ghana and Worcester in healthcare, education, trade, and investment. A similar meeting was held with Congressman James McGovern, representing Massachusetts’s 2nd congressional district.
Ambassador Mahama also visited some Ghanaian-owned businesses in Worcester where Ghanaians make up the highest percentage of foreign-born residents. It is estimated that there are around 50,000 Ghanaians in central Massachusetts.
On Saturday, July, 16 she attended a town hall meeting organized by the Ghanaian Association of New England and had the opportunity to interact with the community and also to address various concerns raised by them.
Accompanying the Ambassador was some staff of the Embassy including Mr. Amidu Mohammed Karande, Minister-Counselor and Head of the Consular Section, Mrs. Laila Heward-Mills, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs, and Mrs. Cynthia Djokoto, Minister-Counselor in charge of Trade and Investment.
Since assuming office a year ago, Her Excellency Alima Mahama has traveled to various states in the United States to hold town hall meetings and met with Governors of these States to discuss areas of mutual interest to Ghana and the United States.
Among the States visited include Texas, Tenessee, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, and Arkansas.
Source: Embassy of Ghana, Washington DC