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Akufo-Addo: Late Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng was an elegant, fine lady

President Akufo-Addo has described the late Ghanaian ambassador extraordinaire and plenipotentiary to Italy who also had concurrent accreditation to Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Eudora Hilda Quartey-Koranteng, as an elegant and fine lady who worked very hard during her lifetime.

Ambassador Hilda Quartey-Koranteng, died on Tuesday (19 October) in Rome, Italy. She is said to have suffered from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Eulogising the late diplomat at the Jubilee House after he received a delegation from the Quartey and Koranteng families who officially informed him of the passing of their beloved family member, President Akufo-Addo, said the news of the passing of the Ghanaian envoy came to him as a big shock because just a week early, she looked well and healthy when he met her in Serbia for the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“She was a very fine woman, sophisticated, elegant lady, and a hard-working person,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“The Foreign Affairs is going to do whatever is necessary to assist so that we can give her a dignified exit” President Akufo-Addo added.

Burial plans

Two members of the late Ambassador’s family together with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration are expected to depart from Ghana to Italy this week to go and complete all the necessary processes in order to bring the body of Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng to Ghana.

Additionally, the Quartey and Koranteng families will be meeting with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to plan a befitting funeral for the late ambassador.

The delegation

The delegation that visited the President was led by Nana Mfodwo Kena, konkohene, Akuapim. The delegation also included the two children of the late Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng. They are her daughter, Regina Ohene Asante and son, Narteh Tetteh.

Ambassadorial service

Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng was appointed by President Akufo-Addo in 2019. She assumed office on 11 June 2019 after presenting her letters of credence to President Sergio Mattarella, in the Italian capital, Rome.

She was noted for having improved the efficiency of the mission by introducing an effective online and passport printing system.

In one year she had installed and operationalised the embassy’s biometric passport printing system.

The Ghanaian community notably embraced the new regime, recording over 3,000 online passport applications in the first month alone.

Ambassador Quartey-Koranteng succeeded Paulina Patience Abayage, after she was recalled by President Akufo-Addo to serve as the Upper East Regional Minister.

Wilberforce Asare

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