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Date of publication: Jan 22, 2018

H.E. Mr. Sylvester Jude Kpakpo Parker-Allotey

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of Ghana
www.ghanaembassy.or.jp

Date of birth: Feb. 1, 1955

Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of December 2017)

H.E. Mr. Sylvester Jude Kpakpo Parker-Allotey
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

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).

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

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.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

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.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

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.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

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).

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018