H.E. Mr. Sylvester Jude Kpakpo Parker-Allotey
- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
- Embassy of Ghana
Date of birth: Feb. 1, 1955
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of December 2017)
My first encounter with Japan was through a Japanese volunteer working with the State Construction Corp. The second was when I was appointed to represent the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana on the Film Censorship Board and I was given the duty of previewing and classifying the Japanese film series called “Oshin” before it was screened on Sunday evenings on national television (GTV).
I have two mottos in life: “Discipline and hard work ensure success” and “honesty and integrity breed respect and dignity for every person.”
Success cannot be achieved without discipline and hard work does not kill, rather it entails great rewards. Anyone who abandons honesty and integrity will certainly be drowned by disgrace and humiliation. No one will trust and engage with any person who has low credibility.
These are reaching an understanding with the University of Geneva Medical School to send medical textbooks to Ghana, the successful restoration of low interest loans to Ghana from Japan last year and the expansion of Ghana’s exports to Japan. Additionally, we had successful negotiations with Japan’s Terumo Corp. for the donation of medical equipment to hospitals in Ghana and the formation of the Japan-Ghana Parliamentary Friendship League took place.
The embassy works to promote and reinforce friendly and diplomatic relations with Japan. We are working on increasing Japanese investments in Ghana, promoting greater trade, while making Ghana’s history, culture, music, food and quality products known to Japanese people. Finally, the embassy is aiming at having more Japanese people visit Ghana and boost tourism between our two countries.
We are also working to achieve closer multilateral collaboration.
First, respect the laws of the land to live in harmony with the peace-loving people of Japan.
We must also respect nature, to mitigate the negative effects climate change.
Thirdly, we should learn one another’s culture, appreciate our diversity, respect all and promote the idea of cleaner cities and the use of advanced technology to prolong life for all. We must build stronger friendships in a spirit of (mutual togetherness).