The Excellent Leadership Group (ExLA Group) paid a courtesy call on the Mexican Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Maria De Los Angeles Arriola Aguirre on Thursday 17th December, 2015. The purpose of the visit was to primarily build bilateral relation with the embassy, introduce ExLA Group and

extend a hand of invitation partnership for the upcoming Young African Women Congress (YAWC, 2016)

The ExLA Group Team led by Mr. Daniel Osei Tuffuor (Exec. Dir., ExLA Group) was accompanied by Maranatha Agyei Tiwaa (Dir., ExLA Group Gender Programme – EGGP), Benjamin Akowuah Acheampong (Dir, Programmes & Projects – ExLA Group), Christabel Owusu Mfum (Assit Dir., EGGP) and Janet Agana (Treasurer, EGGP) was welcomed by H.E. Maria De Los Angeles Arriola Aguirre (Mexican Ambassador to Ghana).

Mr. Osei Tuffuor open the conversation by briefing Her Excellency on what the ExLA Group was about and took her through the modus operandi of the organisation. He outlined major activities and programmes of the organisation which included; Excellence Leadership Awards (ExLA Awards), ExLA Group Agricultural Programme (EGAP), ExLA Group’s Executive Certificate in Corporate, HR and Entrepreneurship (ECCHED) etc. More emphasis was laid on the upcoming Young African Women Congress (YAWC) which is being organised under the auspices of the ExLA Group Gender Programme (EGGP) which seeks to assemble over 450 young educated women around the African continent meeting about 40 accomplished women leaders across the continent with various fields of specialization. The congress which is multifaceted in scope seeks to address issues of Women Reproductive Health, Economic Empowerment, Political Leadership, Gender Based Violence, Teenage Pregnancy etc.

H.E. Maria De Los Angeles in a welcome note expressed her delight of the ingenuity of ExLA Group’s scope of activities. She noted that YAWC which seeks to harness and groom young African women for global leadership and development towards attaining Global Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) is a laudable initiative by the Group. She emphasised that essential to the development of a nation is empowering young people but most important to a country’s developmental agenda is empowering women.

She asserts that, at the core of women empowerment has to do with preparing the conscience of women to be aware of their rights and utilise the avenues available for the personal development. She pointed that we need to come to a point where women have the right to decide the number of children to bear which will help in birth control and proper parental upbringing of children. H.E Maria De Los Angeles mentioned that Mexico has been able to reduce population growth from 4.5% to 1% annually although it still has a younger population with an average age of 25 years.  She further emphasised that, Mexico is making inroads when it comes to women participation in governance and leadership noting that, women representation in the legislature have increased phenomenally quoting that in 2015, Mexico recorded an increase to 20% of women legislators and 8 women ambassadors.

H.E. Maria De Los Angeles welcomed the YAWC initiative and affirmed her commitment to fully participate in the activities of the congress. She expressed the Embassy’s commitment to partner EGGP for YAWC 2016.