The Minister Designate for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey says she inherited $50m meant for office building and accommodation for diplomats but it has not been enough to solve the problems confronting her Ministry.
Speaking at the Parliament appointment’s committee, she assured the Committee that if her nomination is approved, she would find the means to raise money to purchase properties abroad for use by the embassies instead of renting, adding that the Ghanaian embassies in New York, Paris and other countries need to be renovated to befit Ghana’s image.
When she was questioned about the agreement between Ghana and the United States of America on Terminal 1 of the Ghana Airport that has been given to a private company, MacDan for 15 years, the nominee said she had not come across a copy of that agreement.
If Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is approved by Parliament, she would continue her portfolio as Minister for Foreign Affairs for another four years.
Explaining further, the Minister Designate for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey revealed that, the 58 Ghanaian Embassies and 9 Consulates across the world, most of the Ambassadors and staff are working and staying in rented buildings and it is having cost impact on the Ministry.