Chinese delegation exploits business opportunities in Kumasi

Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Aug. 6, GNA –
A Chinese delegation from the Wenzhou Province, and led by Chairman Xie Shuhua,
has conferred with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to exploit business
opportunities for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The team, made up of
technocrats, social scientists and some Heads of Department at the Province, as
well as representatives of companies with varied interests, discussed issues
ranging from waste management, housing, transport, tourism development to the
promotion of cultural diversity.

Mr Xie, who is the
Leader of the Chinese People’s Political Consultant Conference, said a
well-established Sino-Ghana collaboration was being given the needed priority
on the development agenda of his government.

“We are a people who
believe in the potentials of the Ghanaian people, and ready to invest in key
areas of the economy in order to bring prosperity to all of us,” he noted.

The Wenzhou Province,
he said shared similar socio-economic aspirations with the KMA, therefore, they
would be working together and build the needed synergy in all fields of
endeavour for their own common good.

Mr Xie congratulated
Ghana for upholding good governance and the rule of law, saying his government
would take advantage of the prevailing peaceful atmosphere to increase its
investment in order to create jobs for the people.

The delegation was
briefed on some thematic development areas the KMA was currently spearheading,
including construction of a multi-purpose car park and terminals to aid in
decongesting the Central Business District (CBD).

Mr Osei Assibey Antwi,
the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), disclosed that about 10, 000
vehicles commute the city daily, and this was a big challenge as it created
uneasiness, particularly at the CBD.

The Chinese
government, he said, must consider assisting the KMA to realize those projects
to allow for free-flow of traffic.

He urged Chinese
companies with interest in the automobile industry to consider investing at the
Suame Magazine, Africa’s largest metal fabrication and auto repairs enclave, to
bring efficiency in their operations.

Mr Assibey Antwi said
this was worth it given the area’s strategic geographical location and economic
importance to the people.

Also citing the
Sokoban Wood Enclave as another area of business interest, he explained to the
Chinese delegation as to how they could take advantage of the enormous dust
generated in the area for recycling purposes.

The KMA, he said,
would also welcome any initiative by Chinese companies to developing the
plastic industry, as well as the shoe-making industry.


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