A Discussion with the Former Ghanaian Ambassador

A Discussion with the Former Ghanaian Ambassador

Koby Koomson

8.1.2006

Koby Koomson

Former Ghanaian Ambassador to the United States Koby Koomson has worked to enhance trade and investment between the United States and African countries. During his term as ambassador from 1997 to 2001, U.S. investments in Ghana climbed from $67 million to more than $500 million. Koomson assisted in the passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act signed into U.S. law by President Clinton in 2000. He arranged a visit by Clinton to Ghana in March 1998 – the first time a sitting U.S. president visited the country. The next year, Koomson planned the first state visit to America by a Ghanaian president.

Koby Koomson, former Ghanaian ambassador to the United States, gives as history on Ghana, covering both its people and its government. He says the economy in Ghana is dependent on those who set the world market prices. As an example, Koomson says Africa exports cocoa raw to Europe where it is made into very sought after chocolate. The market of these commodities needs to be examined to increase profit for Africa, he says. Koomson also answers questions from the audience about women’s rights, healthcare, and education in Ghana.