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Ghana/Swiss Embassy Marks Basel 200th Anniversary


Feb 2015

The Swiss Embassy in Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), yesterday,commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Basel mission (currently known as the Presbyterian Church of Ghana) in Ghana.


The occasion was marked with the exhibition of historic photographs of the mission’s activities in Ghana.

In a statement, the Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Gerhard Brugger, said the activities of the Basel Mission started in 1815 in Switzerland to help develop civil society through education, establish medical facilities and to introduce professional skills.

In Ghana, Mr Brugger said, the Basel Mission first settled in Christiansburg (Accra) until 1835 when missionary Rii from Demark moved to Akroprong in the Eastern region of Ghana.

He said after Ghana obtained its independence, the Swiss Confederation established formal diplomatic relations with Ghana in 1960 to remain bilateral partners.

The mission of the Embassy, he said, was, therefore, to remember the tremendous work the Basel Mission had left behind and to maintain the relationship Ghana had with Switzerland.

He disclosed that the Swiss Embassy would commemorate the GhanaSwissBasel@200 by launching projects throughout to project the domains in which the missionaries worked.

He said the missionaries had left many primary, secondary and tertiary institutions—now managed by both government and the Presbyterian Church— which produced successful Ghanaian citizens and leaders in various fields of endeavour.

In addition, Mr Brugger said, Major hospitals were also built by the missionaries, the structures of which the Embassy intended to improve.

He said the Embassy was also in partnership with the Swiss Pharmaceutical Company to embark on a breast and cervical cancer prioject.

He said Ghana ranked third in Sub-Saharan African trade with Switzerland, after South Africa and Nigeria.
Ghana, he said was also the most important source of imports of cocoa, representing 64% of total Swiss cocoa imports, ahead of Ecuador and Ivory Coast.

Mr Brugger, therefore, pledged Switzerland’s continued support to Ghana’s development efforts, particularly in the areas of fiscal resource mobilization and public expenditure management, adding that Switzerland was supporting Ghana in its ambition to introduce domestic agro-processing and in producing niche products for export.

Source: ISD (Aliyah Bayali & Latifa Carlos)