6 December 2001


VIENNA, 6 December (UN Information Service) – The new Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations (Vienna), Fritz Kwabena Poku, presented his credentials on Thursday to Pino Arlacchi, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Poku was Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Ethiopia and held concurrent accreditation to Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti and Eritrea. From 1998 to 2000 he was Chief of Protocol and before that served as Supervising Director for Policy Planning, Research and Protocol, Information and Culture and as Director of International Organisations and Conference Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Between 1992 and 1996, he was Minister Counsellor, then Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative at the Ghanaian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva and the UN in Vienna. From 1989 to 1992 Mr. Poku served as Director and Deputy Director respectively for Africa and OAU. From 1984 to 1988 he was Counsellor and Minister Counsellor and Acting High Commissioner in Sierra Leone.

Mr. Poku joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1970, at the Protocol Bureau, then as a personal assistant to the then Principal Secretary. He also served at the Economic Relations and Africa Bureau and as First Secretary and Counsellor as well as Head of Chancery at the Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire.

Mr. Poku earned his degrees at the University of Ghana, University of Abidjan, Ghana Institute of Public Administration and Management and Ghana Law School.

He is married, with four children.

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