Maintaining good political relations between the Republic of Ghana and the Federal Republic of Germany is the first priority for the Embassy. The Political Section engages in the dialogue with the Ghanaian government, opposition and all relevant sectors of Ghanaian society. It informs the German government about local political developments. The frequency of official visits and meetings between Ghana and Germany as well as the numerous German organizations active in Ghana bear witness to the special quality of the relations between our two countries.
Head of section: Ambassador Christoph Retzlaff
Deputy Head of Mission: Hans-Helge Sander
Development Cooperation is a key area of work for the German Embassy in Ghana. The two governments agree on the focus areas of cooperation as well as the financial support provided by the German Government either as loans or as grants during biannual bilateral government negotiations. Experts from KfW, GIZ and a number of NGOs and private individuals run a multitude of projects. Additionally, the Embassy provides grants for small scale projects selected under the aspect of social, humanitarian and charitable assistance.
Head of section: Verena Wiesner
The Legal and Consular Section assists German nationals in all legal matters such as passport applications, public notarizations or legalization of documents. Whether you need a signature certified, need to apply for German birth or marriage certificates or have questions concerning inheritage or citizenship, the Consular Section is here for you.
Furthermore, the Consular Section is the contact for Ghanaians or other nationals who intend to travel to Germany and thus need a visa.
Head of section: Jan Homburg
Germany is an important investor and trading partner for Ghana. In order to foster the bilateral economic exchange, the Embassy cooperates closely with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK), the agency Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) and the Ghanaian-German Economic Association (GGEA). Its reports about the economic situation in Ghana contribute to the overall economic policy of Germany.
Head of section: Hans-Helge Sander
The cultural section of the Embassy coordinates the work of German cultural organizations in Ghana. German activities in the cultural area are varied. The Goethe-Institut in Accra offers German language classes and an interesting cultural programme, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) provides information on studying in Germany and on available scholarship programs, the German Swiss International School is a bilingual school that follows the Thuringia curriculum in the German stream and the Cambridge curriculum in the English stream. The Cultural Section supports a variety of Ghanaian-German cultural projects and provides information about the German International Sports Promotion.
The Press Section is responsible for the public relations of the Embassy. It assists German journalists doing programs on Ghana and stays in contact with Ghanaian journalists. Requests for interviews with the German Ambassador should be directed to this section. The Press Section also analyzes the Ghanaian press and reports on current affairs in the public domain. One of the main objectives of the Press Section is to provide information about Germany for you. This is why it also publishes this website.
Without the work of the administration section all the other sections could not do their jobs properly. The Administrative Section is in charge of human resources (diplomatic as well as local staff), finance (budget planning, accounting, billing and payment services), real estate management (3 Embassy buildings and the Ambassador’s residence), security issues and ITC.
Head of Administration: Harald Spatz