June 13, 2024
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Ayorkor Botchwey announces decision to contest Commonwealth Secretary-General position

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has officially expressed her interest in the position of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry noted that following an agreement within the Commonwealth that the next Secretary-General would be from Africa, President Nana Akufo-Addo nominated Madam Botchwey as Ghana’s candidate.

The election for the new Secretary-General of the 56-member organization is scheduled for October 22, 2024, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa to replace Baroness Patricia Scotland, a dual Dominican-British citizen, whose second and final term concludes at the end of 2024.

“Nominating her, President Akufo-Addo stated, “I have strong confidence in Foreign Minister Botchwey to lead our aspiration for renewal and for building future-looking resilient and thriving economies, through community cooperation and action, as underscored at Kigali-Rwanda, during the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).”

The statement added that “Ms. Botchwey has been endorsed by the African Union, and also enjoys considerable support across all regions of the Commonwealth.”

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