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Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast) is a nation in West Africa; with a southern coastline on the Gulf of Guinea. It borders Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and Côte d'Ivoire to the west. While English is the official language, another ten dialogues are spoken.

In 1957, Ghana gained independence from Britain, becoming the first sub-Saharan country to gain independence from its colonial ruler. Ghana suffered a series of military coups including in 1981 when Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings seized power. In 1992, under new constitution, Rawlings won the Presidential election and the subsequent poll in 1996. Rawlings respected Ghana's constitution and did not run for a third term in 2000. To the present day, Ghana has continued to hold democratic elections in accordance with its constitution.

Former Foreign Minister and opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, was elected President in December 2016.

Economically, Ghana achieved middle income status in 2010 and has one of the highest GDP per capita rates in West Africa. Ghana has abundant natural resources and is the second largest African producer of Gold (after South Africa). Other natural resources include oil, iron and diamonds and it is a major producer of coca in the world.

Australia has resident accreditation to Ghana through our High Commission in Accra.

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Ghana's representation in Australia


Last Updated: 24 April 2019
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