H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo
President of the Republic of Ghana
H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
National General Secretary
Director of International Affairs
NPP International Affairs Directorate
The International Affairs Directorate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is the unit at the Party’s national headquarters in Ghana that is responsible for coordinating the affairs of the external branches and engaging other international bodies to promote cooperation on the global stage. The International Affairs Directorate is in charge of the day to day administration of the party’s external relations to ensure that the party has presence in the community of nations and contributes to shaping and influencing the global political discourse. The directorate is under the General Secretary who heads the party secretariat and is responsible for facilitating and organizing International programs including:
- Assessment and establishment of external branches to ensure that Ghanaians in the diaspora are kept connected to the New Patriotic Party and participate in the governance of the country.
- Coordinating activities of external branches of the party through the organization programmes and activities in collaboration with their leadership.
- Collaboration with sister political parties, political foundations and with similar ideologies, principles, values and ideals in other countries to share best practices and foster the institutionalization of democratic governance, human rights and freedoms in a free society.
- Coordinating activities between the diplomatic community and the party within the context of the broader agenda and philosophy of the party and international protocols.
- Coordinates and promotes cooperation with recognized international foundations, institutions and groups that align with the center-right philosophy.
The party is a member of the Democrat Union of Africa (DUA) and the International Democrat Union (IDU). The party also has partnership with the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and other important international organizations. The headquarters of the Democrat Union of Africa (DUA) is at the party’s headquarters in Accra and managed by the International Affairs Directorate. The international directorate ensures that the collaboration between the party and the international bodies is built on mutual respect, principles and ideals that are in keeping with the centre-right socio-political ideology, updates the institutions and the diplomatic community on changes in major policy and programmes of the party and also receives same from them in a well-structured communications protocol. The directorate is responsible for facilitating and organizing international programs for the Party.
The party currently has 23 active external branches. The international directorate is in the process of assessing and validating key guidelines for establishing new branches in some countries. The vision of the external directorate of the party is to establish external branches in at least 30 countries. Attention is focused on countries with large Ghanaian communities and has branches in the following countries:
Countries that have been assessed and pending inauguration are:
- Equatorial Guinea
The International affairs directorate is headed by Mr. Emmanuel Attaffuah-Danso. He has years of experience in political leadership and is well versed in management, mentorship, training and youth mobilization. He also has extensive experience in local and international political and diplomatic relations. Mr. Attafuah-Danso has been Director of International Affairs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) since 2017. He is also the Acting Secretary General of the Democrat Union of Africa (DUA). Between 2012 and 2014, he was the Acting National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after being the deputy National Youth Organizer from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Attafuah-Danso was the National Coordinator for the Tertiary Students Confederacy of the NPP (TESCON) between 2007 to 2009, after performing his national service at the office of the President for the period 2006 to 2007.