Who is the Australian High Commissioner in Ghana
Gregory Andrews is Australia’s first indigenous High Commissioner to Ghana and he is also an Ambassador to African countries like Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. He recently took over responsibilities of the Australian High Commission in Ghana from his predecessor, Andrew Barnes. Having spent only a very short period of time in Ghana, he has already begun to make his presence and positive impact felt in the lives of the Ghanaian people. His simple and easy-going nature has made many Ghanaians to hold him in high regard and with utmost respect.
Furthermore, High Commissioner Andrews holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University respectively. He is also experienced in matters of diplomacy and international relations.
He has served in various public capacities in Australia such as being the Threatened Species Commissioner of the Department of Environment and Energy, the Senior Adviser to the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Assistant Secretary of the International Organisations Branch, and has once served as the First Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Beijing, China.
He is also a Senior Career Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Also, Mr. Andrew is a man of his word. In an official statement, he said: “My family and I are excited to have the opportunity to live here in Ghana and to learn about the cultures and peoples of Ghana and other West African countries. We are looking to interact and engage with as many people as possible during our stay here.
I am committed to promoting collaboration and deep people-to-people links across many shared interests, including democracy, human rights, gender equality, good governance, conservation, waste management, free trade and investment.”
Finally, he is a man who backs up his talk with action. He has been actively engaging with many Ghanaians on his frequent tours around Ghana. On his recent visit to the Mole National Park in Ghana, he commended the rangers and staffers at the wildlife preservation for their dedication and commitment to preserving Ghana’s wildlife heritage.
Beyond reasonable doubt, Ghana is blessed to have a man of great importance who is so full of humility and high regard for the people around him.