International political and business consulting firm, Jefferson Waterman International (JWI), has confirmed that it is representing Ghana’s interest in the United States.
A statement on the their website, revealed that the firm had been representing Ghana, which they describe as an “Oasis of Stability in West Africa,” since February 24, 2011.
The firm, which also represents the Ivory Coast president, Alassane Ouatarra, says it is providing services that will help the country meet the challenges of regional turmoil and achieve the full promise of its oil production industry.
According to JWI, they are “bringing the importance of Ghana’s continued stability and its widely recognized good governance to the attention of the American public, the U.S. Government, and the international community.”
The firm added that it is strengthening local infrastructure which it believes is crucial to commercial investment and oil production operations by providing “economic and political consulting support” to the
The Chief Executive Officer of JWI, Charles Waterman, said of Ghana: “This is an African country that has experienced a peaceful transfer of power in successive democratic elections.
“Ghana is stable, and as a result, economic growth nurtured by the international community, has been outstanding.
“It is in the interests of the U.S. and the rest of the world to maintain this model of civil institutions, progressive leadership, and economic sanity.”
The firm stated revealed that it was helping the government manage the country’s oil industry responsibly and avoid “the oil curse”, so that its “success benefits the people of Ghana and forms a strong foundation for decades of commercial growth.”
They added that the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) selection of Ghana for renewal of its MCC Compact reflects Ghana’s earned reputation for good business practices and economic performance.”
“JWI is increasing awareness that Ghana is that rarity among African nations: rich in resources, but with a demonstrated respect for the rule of law, an educated English-speaking workforce, and leadership that supports rather than hinders private enterprise.”
JWI also confirmed that it is helping Ghana take adequate and effective security measures to ensure the safety of its offshore oil wells and personnel while ensuring that the influx of refugees does not destabilise the country.
This, it says, is to make Ghana an even more robust counter-terrorism partner to the United States.
Last Sunday, policy think-tank IMANI Ghana, said that it failed to see the sense in “spending millions on American lobbyists,” given the country’s recent economic struggles.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana