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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Chief of Mission: Daniel Ohene Agyekum
Embassy: 3512 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: [1] (202) 686-4520
FAX: [1] (202) 686-4527

Consulate(s) General are in New York:
Mailing address:19 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017.
Telephone (212) 832-1300

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Donald G. Teitelbaum
Embassy: 24th Circular Road, Cantonments, Accra
Mailing address: P. O. Box 194, Accra
Telephone: [233] (21) 775348, 775349, 775297, 775298
FAX: [233] (21) 776008


Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Ghana
Embassy of Ghana in Washington, United States of America
Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations in New York, USA
U.S Embassy Web Site in Ghana


FOREIGN RELATIONS

U.S.-GHANA RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Ghana in 1957 following its independence from the United Kingdom. The United States and Ghana share a long history promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Ghana has set an example for countries throughout Africa in promoting governance and regional stability.

The U.S. and Ghanaian militaries have cooperated in numerous joint training exercises through U.S. Africa Command, and there is a bilateral International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, a Foreign Military Financing program, as well as numerous Humanitarian Affairs projects. Ghana continues to participate in the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program, in which the U.S. facilitates the development of an interoperable peacekeeping capacity among African nations. Ghana also enjoys a relationship with the North Dakota National Guard, under the auspices of the State Partnership Program.

Through the U.S. International Visitor Program, Ghanaian parliamentarians and other government officials have become acquainted with U.S. congressional and state legislative practices and have participated in programs designed to address other issues of interest. Youth exchanges and study abroad programs are also robust and growing between U.S. and Ghanaian universities and NGO’s. At the U.S. state level, the State Partnership Program aims to promote greater economic ties between Ghana and U.S. institutions, including the National Guard.

The United States has enjoyed good relations with Ghana at a nonofficial, people-to-people level since Ghana's independence. Thousands of Ghanaians have been educated in the United States. Close relations are maintained between educational and scientific institutions, and cultural links are strong, particularly between Ghanaians and African-Americans.

U.S. Assistance to Ghana

U.S. development assistance to Ghana is implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the African Development Foundation, and others. USAID-managed development assistance to Ghana has supported the country in increasing food security, improving basic health care, enhancing access to quality basic education, and strengthening local governance to benefit all Ghanaians. The West Africa Trade Hub, located in Accra, provides technical assistance to help small businesspersons to grow their businesses and access new customers in the United States and the West African region. The Peace Corps has a large program in Ghana, with volunteers working in education, agriculture, and health (including HIV/AIDS, malaria, sanitation, and nutrition).

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is among Ghana's principal trading partners, with two-way trade between the two countries rapidly increasing and reaching nearly $2 billion in 2011. A number of major U.S. companies operate in the country. Political stability, overall sound economic management, a low crime rate, competitive wages, and an educated, English-speaking workforce enhance Ghana's potential as a West African hub for American businesses. The discovery of major oil reserves in deep water in the Gulf of Guinea has led numerous international petroleum exploration firms to enter the Ghanaian market, and many other firms involved in oil and gas auxiliary services have expressed interest in starting operations in the country.

Ghana's Membership in International Organizations

In foreign affairs, Ghana generally follows the consensus of the Nonaligned Movement and the African Union on economic and political issues that do not directly affect its own interests. Ghana and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Ghana also is an observer to the Organization of American States.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Ghana is Donald G. Teitelbaum; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Ghana maintains an embassy in the United States at 3512 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-686-4500).

More information about Ghana is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Ghana Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Ghana Page
U.S. Embassy: Ghana
USAID Ghana Page
History of U.S. Relations With Ghana
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Travel and Business Information 
Library of Congress Country Studies
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Ghana Compact




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Ghana check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit and International Driving Permit are mandatory
Currency (GHC) cedi
Electrical 230 Volts
Telephones Country Code 233, City Code Accra 21+6D, Lashibi 22+5D, Takoradi 31+5D, Swedru 41+3D



Attractions
As a savoury blending of big-city bustle and African ease, Ghana's seaside capital is second to none on the continent. At once sprawling and accessible, rambunctious yet friendly, it's a city run by native Ghanaians, and their pride in their product shows. Best of all, even as popular as Accra's become in recent years, you still won't trip over Westerners at every third step. The best introduction to the city is a good browse in one of its main hawking grounds. Right at the heart of central Accra, the Makola Market brims with glass bead and batik sellers, while Kaneshie Market on the western side of the city is the one to hit for mouthwatering foods and spices. James Town, on a short peninsula south-west of the centre, is a handsome if dilapidated neighbourhood that's also worth a wander.

A huge military parade ground backed by the sea and capable of holding 30,000 people, Independence Square is to Accra what Red Square is to Moscow, minus any building of note. The square is just east of central Accra; while you practice your goose-stepping, notice Osu Castle - Accra's most historic structure - in the distance. Disappointingly, it's now the seat of government and off-limits to visitors. The Arts Centre, between the city centre and Independence Square, is where artisans gather to sell their wares and entertainers come to take advantage of the crowds. Count on catching some type of dancing, singing, jamming or traditional theatre performance. The Arts Centre is also the best craft market in the country.

Accra is famous throughout West Africa for its vibrant nightlife, especially its dance clubs, which centre around Nkrumah Circle. Rasta togs and dreadlocks usually mark the entrance to the hippest spots. Accra's beaches are another big draw, but the best ones are all a few kilometres outside of town. Coco Beach, east in Nungua, is accessible by tro-tro, but the nicest ones to the west all require private transport. Accra has some well established Internet cafes although they can be a little slow. New spots to surf, with faster connection times, are springing up all the time.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

Currency...must be declared on arrival

Tobacco....400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 454 grams of tobacco

Liquor.....75cl of spirits or 75cl of wine

Perfume....227ml of perfume

Cameras....should be declared on arrival

Film.......reasonable for personal use

Agriculture items...refer psgr to consulate

Gifts......no duty free allowance

Prohibited items.....animals; firearms; ammunition; explosives; milk with a high fat content and mercury



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