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General News of Sunday, 10 April 2011

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New Permanent Representative of Ghana Presents Credentials

The new Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations, Ken Kanda, presented his credentials today to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Until his appointment, Mr. Kanda was Director of State Protocol, since 2009. For one year prior to that, he was Chief of Protocol in the Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Kanda served as Minister Plenipotentiary at Ghana’s Embassy in Berlin, Germany, before which, he was Chief of Protocol in the Ministry in Accra, from 2003 to 2004.

Between 2002 and 2003, he was Director of the Economic Trade and Investment Bureau of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, having served previously as Minister Counsellor at Ghana’s High Commission in Harare, Zimbabwe from 1998 to 2002.

A career diplomat, having entered the foreign service of his country in 1976, Mr. Kanda also served in various capacities in Ghana’s embassies in Copenhagen and Bonn; as well as having served as a Protocol Officer to the Vice President of Ghana, 1997 to 1998.

He studied political science with modern history at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He earned a graduate diploma in international affairs from the same university in 1978. He also attended the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, New Jersey, United States, from 1979 to 1980. He has a certificate in international affairs, having completed his studies as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow.

Born in Kpandu, Ghana on 30 August 1951, Mr. Kanda is married with four daughters.