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Friends bid farewell to H.E. Fabrizio
Audrey Micah. Ghanadot

The outgoing Italian Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Fabrizio De-Agostini, and his wife were over the weekend treated to a private farewell luncheon by Mrs. Frances Akuete at her residence in Tema.


Also at the luncheon was  Ex-President J. Kufuor, and some former ministers of the NPP government, including the former Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relation, Ms. Oboshie Sai-Coffie.




Among the invited guests were the UNICEF Representative Dr. Yasmin Hague and her husband; Ms. Ursula Owusu of Westel, Mr. Nik Amateifio, former Chairman of the Bank of Ghana and Mr. Andy Asamoah, the CEO of A&C Mall at East Legon.


Ambassador De-Agostini, in his speech, described his departure as filled with mixed feelings, saying he was pleased to have served Ghana, where he and his wife have enjoyed good relationship with many Ghanaians.


For Ambassador De-Agostini, "Ghana will always be a special place"; a place where he and the wife have spent very positive, interesting and exciting time


He added that it was former president Kufuor’s ability to rule Ghana peacefully that has contributed to the country’s popularity and endeared it to the outside world.


“If President Barack Obama chose Ghana as an example, the merit goes to Kufuor and the NPP government.” He said

He said during his tour of duty “we managed to have two state visits; President Kufuor's visit to Italy in 2006 and a reciprocal visit to Ghana by his Italian counterpart, President Giorgio Napolitano the following year.”


Ghana and Italy have over the years enjoyed incredible relationship which has brought to fruition the building of the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam and AGIP’s involvement in Ghana’s petroleum business, among many things.

Italy has helped Ghana in diverse ways, including assisting the Legon Centre for International Affairs, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre and the numerous grants to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for development.

The Ambassador highlighted some of the important events that happened in Ghana during his tour:  the chance to witness Ghana's Golden Jubilee anniversary, Mr. Kofi Annan's return to Ghana after serving two terms as UN Secretary General, the African Football Championship and President Barack Obama’s visit to Ghana.

According to him, it was the foundation of good democratic system, maintained by the previous government, that supervised the peaceful change in government from the majority in government to the opposition party after the 2008 elections.

Mrs. Frances Akuete, the hostess of the event, in an interview with Ghanadot, explained that the rationale behind the luncheon was to express sincere gratitude for the contributions the De-Agostinis have made towards  further development of Ghana.

It was also, in a way, Mrs Akuete's personal chance to say good-bye to good friends and  partners in the effort to develop Africa.




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