Vice President to visit China to strengthen bilateral cooperation

Elizabeth Ofosu, GNA

Accra, June 17, GNA –
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will pay an official visit to China from
Tuesday, June 20 to Sunday, June 25 at the invitation of Li Yuanchao, the Vice
President of the People’s Republic of China, as part efforts to boost bilateral

Dr Bawumia would meet
Chinese leaders and leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to exchange
views on bilateral relations and discuss regional and international issues of
common interest.

The visit would be the
first by a high level government official to China since the New Patriotic
Party (NPP) took office in January this year.

As part of the visit
the two nations would explore cooperation in areas of capacity building,
investment, financing and infrastructure development.

Dr Bawumia would also
attend the China-Ghana Investment, Production and Capacity Co-operation Forum
and meet a number of renowned Chinese financial institutions and entrepreneurs.

Madam Sun Baohong, the
Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in
Accra on Saturday, said the Embassy would work closely with Ghana to ensure the
visit ended successfully with positive outcomes.

Madam Sun said China
had become the largest trading partner of Ghana as trade between the two
countries surged from less than US$ 100 million in 2000 to US$ 5.976 billion in

In addition, she said,
the trade volume between the two countries in the first quarter of the year
reached nearly US$1.4 billion.

Statistics by the
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre indicates that China’s investment in Ghana
reached US$323 million in 2016 with 36 new investment projects.

Madam Sun said both
China and Ghana attached great importance to the visit since it would enhance
bilateral relations and expand cooperation between the two countries in various
fields and push the China-Ghana relations to a new level.

She said the major
social and economic development plans of the Government were consistent with
the Belt and Road Initiative of China as well as the relevant content of
“China-Africa 10 Cooperation Plans” under the framework of the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation.

Madam Sun said the
Belt and Road Initiative by the Chinese Government was in line with the ideas
of the China-Ghana and China-Africa cooperation.

She said the agreement
between China and Ghana on Mutual Visa Exemption for holders of diplomatic and
service passports was formally implemented on March 28, this year, to enhance
trade and cooperation between the two nations.

She said Chinese
enterprises were exploring more investment in energy, manufacturing and
agriculture, in addition to the signing of the Joint Hospital Cooperation
Agreement on March 24 by the two countries.

“We will strengthen
policy connectivity with the Ghanaian side, make full use of each other’s
advantages, promote cooperation in infrastructure, capacity building, manufacturing
and agriculture in a solid and steady manner and make greater contribution to
the economic restructuring and industrialisation of Ghana,” she said.

Madam Sun said China
had made significant contributions to the economic and social development of
Ghana by investing and financing the construction of the Bui Dam, Sunon Asogli
Power Plant, natural gas infrastructure, telecommunications backbone networks,
the distance education and water supply projects.

She noted that the
grant project by the Chinese Government to build 1000 boreholes in Ghana was 80
per cent complete.

Madam Sun said:
“Chinese enterprises take root in Ghana, fulfill their social responsibilities
actively, and create a large number of job opportunities for Ghana”.

She noted that the
people-to-people exchanges between the two countries are flourishing adding;
“Learning Chinese is becoming more and more popular among Ghanaians and two
Confucius Institutes have been set up in Ghana with 4,000 people registered.”

There are currently
more than 5,000 Ghanaian students studying in China, many of whom are funded by
the Chinese Government Scholarship programme.

Madam Sun said China
had sent six batches of medical teams to Ghana while Chinese experts carry out
free cataract surgery and cardiovascular surgery for Ghanaian patients.

China-Ghana relations
have enjoyed great prospects since the Government took office in January, she
said, and gave the assurance that the relations would be enhanced with the
visit by Ghana’s Vice President.

For instance, Madam
Sun said, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo met with the Chinese delegation
on the first working day after he took office, thus, sending strong signal of
the promotion of bilateral cooperation.

She said the Government
had put forward a series of major development plans such as the
“One-District, One-Factory” and “Planting for Food and
Jobs” thus providing new opportunities for the China-Ghana cooperation.

She said the Embassy
would soon donate agricultural machinery to the Savannah Accelerated
Development Authority and that the new container terminal project at the Tema
Port, being constructed by the China Harbour Engineering Company, was
progressing steadily.


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