New US Ambassador Jackson presents letter of
credence to President Mahama
The new US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P.
Jackson, has presented his credentials to President John Mahama and
officially taken up duties as ambassador.
Speaking from the ceremony at Flagstaff
House on February 3, Ambassador Jackson was reported to have thanked
President Mahama for the warm welcome to Ghana and highlighted the
US/Ghanaian partnership in four key areas – democracy, prosperity,
security and health – and expressed the US’s commitment to deepening
that partnership further.
“We believe, as the president of the United
States said, that our successes are mutually tied and our
partnership is indispensable.”
“In looking at prosperity and economic
growth, it’s clear that addressing the energy issues through Power
Africa and the Millennium Challenge Compact will take us a long way.
In addition, I believe that our investments in agriculture and our
partnership in education will also ensure that we can build
opportunities for Ghanaian youth,” he was quoted as saying.
Ambassador Jackson was also reported to have
underscored the US collaboration with Ghana on armed forces training
and on programs to address HIV/AIDS, malaria, nutrition, food
security, terrorism, and trafficking.
On the November elections in both Ghana and
the United States, the Ambassador Jackson was reported to have said:
“This is a unique year for our democracies. In November, your
country will vote. Twenty-four hours later, my country will go to
the polls. And in both cases, I’m confident that we will continue
the tradition of peaceful, credible elections.”
“I feel that it’s worth restating that the
United States’ interest is only in the credibility of the election.
It’s up to the people of Ghana to decide their future. We look
forward to working with the Electoral Commission and civil society
to assist in supporting those elections.”
Jackson served as the US Department of
State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs
from 2013 to 2015 and was the US Ambassador to the Republic of
Cameroon from 2010 to 2013.
According to the American Embassy,
Ambassador Jackson’s previous overseas assignments include Deputy
Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires in Morocco, Deputy Chief of
Mission and Charge d’Affaires in Senegal, Political/Economic
Counselor, Cote d’Ivoire; Political-Military Officer, Portugal;
Chief of the Political Section, Zimbabwe; Political/Economic Officer
in Burundi; and Consular/Economic Officer in Montreal, Canada.
He has also served in Washington, D.C., as
the Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and
Democracy; as the Country Officer for Zimbabwe, Botswana and
Nigeria; and as the Coordinator of the Entry-Level Officer Training
Program and Deputy Director of the Orientation Division at the
Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute.