The Ambassador

The Ambassador

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    His Excellency, Mr. Moshe Ram
    Ambassador of Israel
     
    Born January 1946. 
    Father of two.
    Chieftaincy Title - Nwannedinamba of Ukwa, Abia state.
     
    Ambassador Moshe Ram Presented Letters of Credence to then the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E Alhaji Umar Musa Yar'adua, GCFR, on November 30th, 2007.
     
    He was the Ambassador designate to the republic of Ghana from 2008 to 2011.
    On the 18th of March, 2008, He presented his letter of credence to the then President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E John A. Kufuor
      
    OFFICIAL RELATION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND ECOWAS ESTABLISHED 20TH MARCH 2009
    H.E. Ambassador, Moshe Ram, presented his credentials to Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the then President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Headquarters in Abuja, on May 9, 2008.
     
    1963  Moshe Ram joined the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), where he served for 3 years.
     
    1971  He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and obtained a Bachelor of Art Degree in Political Science and Middle East Studies
     
    1975  Ambassador Ram joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jerusalem. 
     
    Assignments in and out of Israel:
     
    2007-Till date                                        
             He was appointed Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Federal Republic of Nigeria
    2008-2011
            Ambassador Moshe Ram served as Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana
    2005-2007
            Minister, Economic Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    2001-2005
            Consul-General of the State of Israel for the Mid-West Region of the United States, Chicago, llinois
    1996-2001
            Director, Economic Division A, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    1994-1996
             Consul General of the State of Israel, Shanghai, Peoples’ Republic of China 
    1992-1994
              Instructor, College for National Defense, Israel
    1990-1992
              Deputy Director, Division of Culture and Science, MFA
    1987-1990
            Deputy Consul General of Israel, Southwestern Region of the United States, Los Angeles,     California
    1983-1987
            Principal Assistant, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel
    1980-1983
            First Secretary, Embassy of Israel, Manila, Philippines
    1977-1980
            Second Secretary, Embassy of Israel, Kathmandu, Nepal
    1975-1977
      Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem, ISRAEL
     
     
    Ambassador's Speeches
    Ambassador Moshe Ram at the Israeli Embassy's reception for Israel's 60th Independents Day Celebration.
    Your Excellencies
    Distinguished Guests
    My Fellow Israelis
    Dear Friends
    Ladies and Gentlemen:
     
    It is my great pleasure to welcome all of you and it is wqually honour to see so many friends coming to celebrate with us on our 60th Independents Anniversary.
     
    At the young age of sixty, Israel has attained achievements that are extraordinary in scope. Israel is characterized today by modern and vibrant economy that is largely based on high thech, research, development and science.
     
    The quest for peace has led Israel since the state was born. Unfortunately in the past sixty years, there has not been a single day without attacks and threats on our lives.
     
    We extend our hand to all neighboring states and their people in an offer for peace and good neighborliness; and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the Sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East/
     
    Today, we are full of pride and satisfaction for waht we have accomplished with the aids of human resources and creativity, with virtually no natural resources.
     
    We have created a model democracy, an independent judiciary system and set ourselves at the forefront of fields such as science and technology, hi-tech, agriculture and medicine. But we must not allow ourselves to rest on our laurels. As a nation, we can look back at the road at the road we have passed since 1948 with much satisfaction but still, we know that there are many challenges ahead.
     
    Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel honored and privileged to serve in Nigeria. It offers me the needed opportunity to contribute to the advancement of the good Isareli - Nigeria relations.
     
    These relations have strong roots in the past and have growing steadly since our states reestablished diplomatic relations in 1992. It is equally important to state that the percentage of Nigerian Pilgrims to the HOLY LAND - ISRAEL has increased tremendously over the years.
     
    Recently, the Vice President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was in Israel for the pilgrimage, after which he paid a courtesy visit both the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as well as the President, H.E Shimon Peres repectively further strengthen the friendship.
     
    Today there is more cooperation and more awareness to the potential and benefits existing in collaboration on fields of development priorities such as agriculture, public health, medicine, education and combating desertification. Israel is a ready and willing partner to Nigeria on this journey which is in collaboration with, and in line with the seven point agenda of Mr. President Alhaji Umar Musa Yar'Adua.
     
    As Israel celebrates 60 years of independents, I wish my follow Israelies and friends of the State of Israel a peaceful and prosperous anniversary.
     

    ADDRESSED BY THE AMBASSADOR AT THE INTERNATIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP - AGRIBUSINESS - MAITAC, JANUARY 2008
     
    I feel highly honored to be here once again, to welcome you all to the opening ceremony of the International Course on “Strategy; Marketing and Management in the developing of Agribusiness and Rural Projects”; this of course, informs this gathering.
    It is pertinent to state here that, the philosophy behind the establishment of MAITC which enjoys and would continue to enjoy the absolute support of MASHAV (Israeli – Centre for International Co-operation) as well as that of the Embassy, is structured to enhance the continuous bilateral Cooperation between Israel and Nigeria, by sharing the expertise and technologies which have assisted Israel in its own path to development.
    The International Course on Strategy; Marketing and Management in the Developing of Agribusiness and Rural Projects is the twenty Sixth (26th) Programmes to be held within this framework, while the twenty seventh (27th) International Course on BEEKEEPING according to our agenda will kick-off on February 11, 2008 at this same centre. 
    The resounding successes recorded in all sessions at Maizube Farms since inception of this professionally and knowledge based collaborations between the Israeli Embassy and the Maizube Farms, further confirms our belief in your potentials to become a World reckoned Centre for Agricultural Training and Research.
    Sharing the Know-how, creating a bank of information for extension of Knowledge and experience to the people remains the leading philosophy of MASHAV PROGRAMME. MASHAV, which is the Centre for International Cooperation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serves as a major vehicle for encouraging cooperation in the fields of agriculture, technology, education and medicine. At a moment, close to six thousand Nigerians of various disciplines have been trained by MASHAV, either through direct participation in courses in Israel or On-the-Spot Training Programme, such as the very one on “ Marketing and Management in the Developing of Agribusiness and Rural Projects” we are about to witness today.
    Nigeria holds a very promising future in repositioning the economic fortunes of both Nigerians as well as Africans based on what I term, “ balanced endowments” ( enormous human and material resources) factored by great potentials in agriculture. It is possible to subdue hunger, poverty and unemployment through systematic and visionary programmes as being initiated by the MAITC.
    May I at this juncture, welcome the course participants to the first On-the-Spot training programme for the year 2008, and formally declare the session open. It is my pleasure to also welcome and introduce to you the two leading Israeli Experts, Professor Yoram Mitki and Dr. Ram Herstein, they shall be here with you for the period of the programme to learn from you as well as offering the participants the unique opportunity to draw from their fountain of knowledge and experience.

    I wish to conclude by paying a deserved tribute to the Proprietors, management and staff of Maizube Farms for providing the enabling environment to host such an International workshop in Minna, the Niger State capital.
     
    Poverty was gradually and subtly injected into various National lives through certain actions or in-actions of certain people or group of people. It is my belief therefore, at the end of your training here, the positive actions you shall engage in as the result of this programme, shall help to advance and improve the course of those ordinary Nigerians, who lacked the privilege to know what you would probably know here today.
    Ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you all.

    ADDRESSED BY THE AMBASSADOR AT THE PRESENTATION OF HIS LETTER OF CREDENCE TO THE PRESIDENT TO THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, H.E, MR. JOHN KUFOUR
     
    Your Excellency,
     
    Mr. President
     
    It is my honour and privilege to be here today to present to Your Excellency my letter of credence as the new Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Ghana.
     
    Ghana was the first African decolonized country to establish diplomatic relations with the State of Israel in the late 1950’s. The diplomatic relations, which were good and beneficial to both countries, were broken in October 1973 following the war between Israel and its neighbours – Egypt and Syria. They were restored in 1994, and since then have been cordial with a clear tendency of growth.
     
    Mr. President, Israel considers Ghana a key player in Africa, in particular, a strong mobilizing force in the West African region. There is significant Ghanaian contribution to progress, stability and democracy in the continent, as reflected in Ghana’s role in regional and sub-regional organizations like ECOWAS and the AU.
     
    We have watched with appreciation the success of the democratic process in Ghana – especially the 2000 and 2004 elections and the upcoming one for 2008 – which have set your country as a role model to Africa. Ghana’s achievements, development and economic growth, are of immense benefit to the future of its people, and indeed, to the entire region.
     
    Israel and Ghana are cooperating in the area of capacity building. Our main mechanism is MASHAV – the center for International Cooperation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under MASHAV, annually, over 25 trainees from Ghana are attending post graduate programs in Israel in fields such as agriculture, sciences, medicine and public health, rural development and education. We will invest
    more effort in increasing our activities through this channel, in close cooperation with relevant  authorities.
    In the agricultural field, we are lately in close contact with the Minister of Fisheries and her staff so as to find the best way to implement the M.O.U which was signed by both governments last year.
     
    In 2003, the State of Israel – through MASHAV –established a modern trauma unit in the medical center in Kumasi and trained its medical staff in conjunction with the hospital. A follow–up programme was conducted lately in which medical Staff were trained in dealing with mass casualty incidents.Unfortunately ,a few months later, a large fire occurred in Kumasi caused by a gas cylinder explosion.Fortunately, many lives were saved due to the training that the Medical staff received from the Israeli experts.
     
    Ghana is not “Terra Incognito” to the Israeli Investor. We believe that today there is a very conducive environment for business communities to work together through joint ventures. We shall not relent in our determination to work together for the mutual benefit of our nations.
    There is a very significant presence of Israeli companies in Ghana in various fields, among them Construction and infrastructure, trade and telecommunication. Technological equipment including Israeli satellite communication systems which is the most advanced of its kind has been introduced.
     
    In the agricultural field, the latest technologies existing in the world today are being introduced in Ghana, among them computerized irrigation systems,high quality seeds, new methods of fertilization of the soil etc.
     
    Large scale projects are being managed by Israeli companies, working hand in hand with the local corperations and with the government of Ghana.
     
    Mr. President, in the global world of today, the economic ties between countries are of an extreme importance. The quality of our diplomatic relations would be determined to a great extent, by the quality and intensity of our economic ties. I can assure you Mr. President  that as the Israeli Ambassador I’ll spare no effort to strengthen this relationship for the benefit of both people.
     
    In 2007, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the commencement of Israeli relations in Africa. Palm tree dancing group came specially to Israel to perform at the auspicious event.
     
    As a sport fan, I was watching with great interest the African Cup championship games that took place in Ghana last month, and I was impressed with the very professional way that the event was conducted, mainly due to the excellent work of the host country.
     
    Mr. President, we understand the importance of a permanent resident embassy in Ghana, and its impact in leveraging the immense potential of our relations. I hope that in the future a full-fledged embassy would be open here.
     
    At this point, I would like to share with Your Excellency, some of our views about the recent development in the Middle East.
     
    Our region is still one of the most volatile regions in the world.
    However, we think that maybe we should  put aside the past perceptions of the  conflict in the region that promotes the use of terminology like “Israeli–Palestinian” conflict, or “Jewish–Arab” struggle  but rather  look at the distinctions, divisions ,conflicts and struggle in the region.
     
    I believe it is right to say that the conflicts we face are between extremists and moderates. And regardless of the fate of extremism, extremists are those looking to deprive others of their rights. According to this understanding, the camps, allies and alliances in the region have changed rather dramatically.On one side we can see radical elements which are sometimes represented by a state like Iran, or by international terrorists organization like Al-Qaeda. We can see them in Lebanon too being represented by Hizbullah, which is the long arm of Iran. We see Hamas, which is not only a terrorist organization but a radical movement.
     
    Our vision of peace, Mr. President, which represents the vast majority  of opinions in Israel, is the vision of two states for two people. One, Israel the homeland of the Jewish people; the other, Palestine the homeland of the Palestinian people.
     
    The other basic element in any peace treaty is that the two nations are living side by side in peace and security. So, Israel’s security should be one of the basic pillars of any peace treaty.
     
    The battle against terror is a relentless one, and should be fought with no interruption, so that we can make this world a better place to live in.
     
    Israel will do whatever it takes to move on in the political track and negotiate with moderate elements in the Arab world especially with the Palestinians and will fight and chase the perpetrators of terror.
     
    We believe that our fight is just and right, and that with the concentrated effort and determination of the free world, terrorism will be reduced.
     
    Like other friendly countries, Israel should be regarded as partner with potential ability to cooperate with Africa towards a better future for its people. In view of this, Mr. President, we seek Ghana’s support and assistance to normalize our relations with the African Union.
     
    Mr. President, I would like again to profoundly thank you for the audience, and to reassure my commitment – as the new ambassador of Israel to Ghana – to work hard towards strengthening and cementing the already cordial warm relations between our countries.
     
    Thank you.
     
     
     
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