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Accra Diplomatic Club

THE ACCRA DIPLOMATIC CLUB IS IN A DORMANT STATE UNTIL INDIVIDUALS FROM THE DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY EXPRESS INTEREST TO CREATE A NEW TEAM TO RESTART AND RUN IT.

The creation of Accra Diplomatic Club (ADC) is a 2011 initiative of a group of diplomats from Missions of various countries and of .com, the website of Ghana’s expatriate community. Find out about the next event (if any).

Other groups linked to the Diplomatic Community are the Association of Spouses of Heads/Deputies of International Missions (ASOHOM) and the United Nations Spouses' Association of Ghana (UNSAG).

NOTE: the Team running the Club is looking for diplomats to join them. Please contact us at adc@accraexpat.com. The Club is also missing contact points in several Missions to ensure good circulation of our messages. Please volunteer at the same email address. Thank you.

Purpose of the Accra Diplomatic Club
The main objectives of the Accra Diplomatic Club (ADC) are to:
- provide a privileged meeting venue by which a sense of common professional identity and collegiality may be developed by Members of the Foreign Service and ties/links between the Missions and the diplomats be strengthened,
- maintain a calendar of regular events to give expression to this sense and to foster social relations among them, their spouses or partners,
- encourage the sharing and use of the specialized knowledge, experience and background of diplomats posted in Ghana, providing them with an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the country’s political, economic and social affairs, to extend their contacts and broaden their professional experience
- assist in the integration of diplomats in Ghana

Who can take part?
The Accra Diplomatic Club (ADC) is established for the members of the Diplomatic Corps of Ghana (foreign-based staff of diplomatic, consular and trade Missions and of bilateral cooperation agencies), accredited staff of international organizations and staff of Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.
Ghana's Diplomatic Corps is estimated to represent over 750 persons plus about 350 spouses.
At a second stage, former Ghana High Commissioners, Board Members of bilateral Chambers of Commerce, a number of Ghanaian government officials and dignitaries and Foreign Media would be invited to join as Associate Members. Club activities will often involve various private and public organizations in Ghana.

Organisation and management
ADC is an informal group that is not registered and has no formal structure.
It is managed by a Team of volunteers, Members of Ghana’s Diplomatic Corps, on an open rotational basis, in partnership with .com, represented by its Editor.
Input and feedback is provided by all on a continuous basis by email adc@accraexpat.com and at events. 

Costs and financing
There are no human resources cost as all involved are volunteers giving their time to the Club. Financing comes from:
-          occasional contributions by Missions, partners and sponsors,
-          eventual surpluses from special events.
There is no individual Membership fees.
Events may be self-financed by attending Members (tickets, cash bar,)

Club activities
ADC proposes and partners with annual and irregular events. Most are for diplomats only but some are open to Missions staff, the expatriate community at large and/or Ghanaian nationals. Events are managed by ADC’s Team and volunteers Members

Presentation/Debates
The first of the Presentation/Debate Series took place on November 15, 2012 with a presentation on the 2012 elections, followed by a cocktail.
September - Welcome Reception
The Accra Diplomatic Club held its first Welcome Reception on September 30, 2011 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel where the Diplomatic community welcomed singles and families newly posted in Ghana. The event has been held annually till 2014.
May - Ambassadors Ball (yet to be held)
Gala evening in high-end venue.

Partnership events: the Accra Diplomatic Club supports and partners with various events.
- the concert/dinner "The influence of Igor Stravinsky on Jazz" in October 2011,
- the Inter-Embassy Games. The last and 3rd IEG took place on November 2, 2013 with 22 participating Missions.
- the annual Rio Carnival Party by .com. The Rio Carnival Party takes place in February.
- the first Oktoberfest Accra by .com, in collaboration with the Embassy of Germany (2013)

Proposed Club activities (volunteers are needed to start those programs)
Welcome Network
«Is it hard to integrate in Ghana?”
ADC’s Welcome Network would be there to help diplomats’ relocation to Ghana be a success.
The Welcome Network would be composed of diplomat volunteers and of the Editor of .com, working in collaboration with the Community Liaison Offices of the Missions which have one, while being assisted by a network of resources.
The volunteers must have a good knowledge of Accra and Ghana, are multilingual and know about the challenges facing newly posted diplomats. They organise and animate activities for new arrivals in Ghana:
-          the Welcome line: a helpline where newcomers can get answers to their questions,
-          neighbourhood contacts: volunteers living in each area which can be contacted,
-          newcomers get-togethers: opportunities to meet face-to-face and discuss issues, understand how Ghana works, its cultural and leisure offer, how to integrate and network, etc.
The Spouse Circle
Spouses and partners of diplomats would take charge of their own program of activities under ADC.
Language exchange
With the language exchange programme, diplomats would enjoy ADC’s cultural diversity and the multiple nationalities posted in Accra to practice and improve their knowledge in languages in exchange for theirs.
Speaking events – Diplomat experiences – VIP’s
By those posted here or by visiting VIP’s, from Missions or not.
UNICEF Christmas Cards and Gift Sale.
ADC would sponsor UNICEF’s annual Christmas card and gift sale.
Visit of MFA HQ during which a senior official of MFA would give Members a tour d'horizon of the department’s history and affairs and of foreign policy issues.

Feedback and suggestions for events are very welcome. Please write to adc@accraexpat.com

Communication
Besides email communications to the Club's database of Missions and diplomats, events are listed on .com Calendar of Events under the Accra Diplomatic Club category and/or in the Social Calendar (including National Days and Missions' official receptions occassionaly).

Partners and Sponsors
Corporations have the opportunity to support ADC on an annual basis and/or to sponsor events in goods or kind after being approved by and registered at ADC. Please contact adc@accraexpat.com


NOTE: Two quarterly diplomatic publications are available in Ghana.
The Diplomat Magazine
re-launched early 2011 and published by Coco's Production (katherine@cocosproduction.com) - THIS PUBLICATION IS ON HOLD.
The Ghanaian Envoy
, published by the Public Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, is distributed to all Missions in Accra. Ask for a copy. Should it not be found at your Mission, you can request copies at mfarinewsletter@gmail.com.

 
ADC  TEAM  MEMBERS  AND  CONTACTS

Samir Bachar – Algerian Embassy
James M. Robinson - American Embassy
Pierre-Yves Kervennal - French Embassy
Theofilos Pizanias - Greek Consulate
and ADC’s partner, www..com (Claude Charronneau, Editor)

The Accra Diplomatic Club can be contacted via email at adc@accraexpat.com



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