Accra, March 19, GNA –
The British diplomat and politician, Baroness Valerie Ann Amos would give a
public lecture in Accra on March 22, to address the implications for Africa
should Britain withdraw from the European (EU).
Baroness Amos would
speak on the topic: “Does the retreat from multilateralism create new
opportunities for the African continent?”.
A statement from the
Council for Foreign Relation – Ghana (CFR-Gh) and copied to the GNA said the
lecture, the first of its “Distinguished Lecture Series” would be held at
Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for ICT Excellence in Accra.
It said guests to the
event are expected to be seated by 1630 hours.
The CFR-Ghana, an
independent non-governmental think-tank on international affairs said officials
of CFR expect the topic to be of interest to diplomats, journalists, students
and the business community who are keen to understand the implications of
Brexit to businesses.
Baroness Amos is
currently Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS)
University of London. Between 2010-2015
she served as under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency
Relief Coordinator at the UN.
In 2003 Baroness Amos
became the first black female British Cabinet member, initially as Secretary of
State for International Development, and subsequently as Leader of the House of
Lords and Lord President of the Council.
She was Minister for
Africa in 2001-2003. Prior to joining the UN, Baroness Amos was High
Commissioner to Australia.
Baroness Amos also
served as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission in the UK, and
as Adviser to the Mandela Government in South Africa on leadership, change,
management and strategy between 1994 and 1998.
The Government of
Ghana awarded her the Order of the Volta in 2008, and in June 2016 she was made
a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in Britain.
CFR-Gh was inaugurated
in February by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. It is Ghana’s first think tank on
Its President is
Ambassador D.K. Osei, a retired diplomat and public servant.
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