British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Diaspora, Jasmine Griffiths, have spent the first six months of 2022 visiting some British-Ghanaian across the country’s business community.

Harriet and Jasmine kicked off their visits with the team at Shell Foundation, a UK charity supporting Freezelink, a Ghanaian temperature-controlled transport and warehousing company founded by Owusu Akoto.

British High Commissioner visits trail-blazing British-Ghanaian businesses as High Commission recruits for new Diaspora Team

Both Owusu and the Shell Foundation’s West Africa Regional Manager, Kwaku Owusu-Achaw met with the British High Commission Team to talk about the progress of the company.

Since the first visit to Freezelink at the beginning of the year, Harriet and Jasmine have gone on to visit and met with:

  • Sylvia Arthur who founded the Library of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD), housing books by writers of African, African-American, Caribbean, Black European, Afro-Latin, and Indigenous descent;
  • Izzy Obeng at Foundervine, an international training consultancy which made it onto Forbe’s 30 list of Social Impact 2022;
  • Andrew Takyi- Appiah Director and co-Founder of Zeepay, one of Ghana’s fastest growing Fintechs;
  • Sustainability champion, Valerie Labi, co-founder of Cargo Bikes, offers a solution to increasing carbon emissions from vehicles.
  • And finally, Eben Awuah, at Dr Mensa Otabil’s newly built International Central Gospel Church-Christ Temple East, where Eben’s company Amason, an audio-visual has just installed a state-of-the-art sound system.
British High Commissioner visits trail-blazing British-Ghanaian businesses as High Commission recruits for new Diaspora Team

The British High Commission in Ghana has long championed the work of British-Ghanaians; this increased after HRH Prince Charles and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited Ghana in 2018. Today the High Commission continues to work with our diaspora friends, partners and colleagues to grow opportunities and partnerships.

The Mission worked closely with the Diaspora Affairs Office of the President and the Ministry of Tourism during the Year of Return and Beyond the Return initiative and continues to partner with Diaspora-led events such as Tech in Ghana, Afronation and Afrochella.

British High Commissioner visits trail-blazing British-Ghanaian businesses as High Commission recruits for new Diaspora Team

To ensure the ongoing mutual success of the High Commission’s work and partnership with the Diaspora, the Mission is growing by creating and recruiting two new leadership roles within the team: Head of Diaspora Relations & Strategic Partnerships, and Diaspora Engagement Manager.

Commenting on the work of the Diaspora team, British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson said, “The people connections between the UK and Ghana are to be treasured. Ghanaian-British, British-Ghanaians and members of the diaspora have so much to offer both countries.

British High Commissioner visits trail-blazing British-Ghanaian businesses as High Commission recruits for new Diaspora Team

“I have loved my visits to these trailblazers, and there are so many more on our list to visit. We want to do more with these communities, which is why we are expanding our Strategic Partnership & Diaspora team with two new roles.

“We are looking for individuals to ‘own’ the High Commission’s relationship with the diaspora and diaspora institutions and help to coordinate the main tools of the UK’s cultural power.

British High Commissioner visits trail-blazing British-Ghanaian businesses as High Commission recruits for new Diaspora Team

“They will establish a new public-facing British-Ghana Diaspora Office – the first of its type in the world for the UK, to build and enhance our strategic partnership with organisations such as the British Museum, V & A, Clarence House, Tech in Ghana, Ghana Museums Board, iconic British brands, and other major cultural institutions”.

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