has served as Resident Coordinator/ Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia, where she supported the Government of Namibia to coordinate its external development assistance through the United Nations Partnership and Namibian Development Frameworks.
Mr Speaker, kindly permit me to now focus attention on their male counterparts. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Council of Ministers has appointed Dr Kofi Konadu Apraku as ECOWAS Commissioner for Macro- economic Policy and Economic Research following his nomination by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. He is expected to serve in that capacity for the next four years
Prof Robert Dussey, Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in a statement specified that Dr Apraku's responsibilities shall include “Multilateral surveillance mechanism which involves regular assessment through joint surveillance mission of the economies of ECOWAS Member states to ascertain whether the convergence criteria are being met”.
Dr Apraku is a former Minister for Regional Co-Operation and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and also Minister for Trade and Industry. He also served as a Member of Parliament for Offinso North Constituency for three consecutive terms (1997 - 2009).
It is also worth noting that Dr Alfred Mahamadu Braimah, another Ghanaian, was appointed Auditor-General of ECOWAS Institutions. Dr Braimah before this appointment was the ECOWAS Director of Finance.
Mr Speaker, another distinguished Ghanaian, Mr Kwabena Osei-Danquah who before his appointment had served in various capacities as a diplomat for Ghana and a senior official of the United Nations for over a course of 33 years, has been appointed as the Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He was the Director of the Division for Governance and Multilateral Affairs (DGACM) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from the beginning of April 2015 until this appointment. He joined UNFPA in 2002, after working as a diplomat for Ghana for over 17 years within which he had the honour to serve for four years at Ghana's Embassy in Prague to the then Czechoslovakia and subsequently to the Czech Republic, accredited to the Slovak Republic, Hungary and Poland.
He previously served as Vice-President of the Bureau of the International Conference on Financing for Development and the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNFPA and in many other capacities as a diplomat.
Mr Speaker, in the same vein, in 2017, some other notable citizens of our dear country made Ghana proud by receiving appointments to various international offices.
It is worth mentioning that on 13 October 2017, United Nations Secretary- General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Major General Francis Vib- Sanziri as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).
Major General Vib-Sanziri succeeded Major General Jai Shanker Menon of India, who completed his assignment on 30th September, 2017.
He served, before this appointment, as Director-General of the International Peace Support Operations at the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ghana since April 2017, as Assistant Director, Ghana Army Operations (1996- 1998), Deputy Head of the Ghana Military Academy (2002-2004), Commanding Officer of an Infantry Battalion (2004- 2009), Director for International Peacekeeping Support Operations in 2009 and Army Secretary at the Army Headquarters (2010-2011).
He also served as Director-General for Joint Operations, General Headquarters in 2014 and as Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) from 2015 to 2017.
Similarly, on July 24, 2017, a former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, was appointed by the United Nations as its Senior Mediation Advisor in the Central African Republic (CAR). He assumed duties on August 1st,
Mr Bombande, a peace-building and conflict resolution expert, previously had been the Special Assistant/Adviser to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative to West Africa and was Head of the UN Office for West Africa that has the mandate, inter alia, to enhance the contributions of the UN towards the achievement of peace and security in West Africa.
He is a co-founder of the West African Network for Peace-Building (WANEP); an organisation specialised in conflict resolution, mediation and peace-building in the West African sub-region.
Mr Speaker, to complete this Hall of Fame for today is Ambassador Thomas Kwasi Quartey, who on 30th January 2017 was elected as the Deputy Chairman of the African Union (AU) at the opening of the 28th Ordinary session of the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
He joined the foreign service of Ghana in 1977, and rose through the ranks to become the ambassador to Cuba, Belgium, UN, AU and Ethiopia. He held several diplomatic appointments, including Director of Passports from 2004 to 2006, and Deputy High Commissioner to the
Ambassador Quartey, before his current appointment served as the Secretary for former President John Mahama.
Mr Speaker, as Benjamin Disraeli puts it rather succinctly; “the legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example”.
These women and men of our nation will definitely be in our memories and that of many generations for their outstanding accomplishments and the impact their various callings will have on the image of our country.
Mr Speaker, may I commend all successive Governments for entrenching the practice of providing “No Objection” while often committing envoys and staff of the Foreign Service to campaign vigorously for Ghanaians who come up for consideration to international positions irrespective of their perceived political affiliation.
This beautiful convention which puts Ghana first must be lauded by this House and indeed all our Presidents deserve high