On February 2nd, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration announced the intention of its minister, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey’s bid to become the next Commonwealth Secretary-General.
This comes off at the back of an understanding among members of the Commonwealth that its next leader should be from Africa.
The election for the new Secretary-General of the 56-member organization is scheduled for October 22, 2024, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa.
If appointed, she will replace Baroness Patricia Scotland, a dual Dominican-British citizen, whose second and final term concludes at the end of 2024.
“Nominating her, President Akufo-Addo stated, “I have strong confidence in Foreign Minister Botchwey to lead our aspiration for renewal and for building future-looking resilient and thriving economies, through community cooperation and action, as underscored at Kigali-Rwanda, during the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).”