The city of Accra and the city of Shenzhen, China have signed a twin-city partnership agreement that will see both cities carry out a cooperative mission to create economic, cultural and environmental opportunities.
Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije and the visiting Deputy Director-General of Shenzhen Municipal Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipality, Mr. Wang Yumen, signed the documents.
Shenzhen is a southeastern city in China, touted as a modern metropolis for its shopping destinations, including Luohu Commercial City, a massive mall with a vast array of wares, from tailors’ customised clothing, to faux designer bags.
The city also features contemporary buildings, such as the 384m skyscraper, Sung Hing Square, and a number of amusement parks as well as industries.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Yumen noted that already, there were a few companies from the city of Shenzhen operating in Accra, amongst them are Hwawei and Shenzhen Energy Group Company Limited.
He took the opportunity to invite Mr. Vanderpuije to the International Cultural Fair in May, this year, to have a first-hand feel and information about the city of Shenzhen.
On his part, Mr. Vanderpuije expressed delight at the visit, describing the city of Shenzhen as a great one, especially as it currently occupied fourth position in terms of economic growth in China.
“The growth of businesses, industries and the economy in that side of China is worth emulating by all, and for a city like Accra, we tend to benefit a lot as we will tap into every available opportunity from industrial revolution, job creation and opportunities to get the very best for our city with this partnership.”
The Mayor announced that a delegation from Accra would be in Shenzhen in May, to identify areas of cooperation and build a strong relations between the two cities, stating that “Shenzhen City holds the key to a lot of challenges of the city of Accra”.
Accompanying Mr. Yumen on his visit were Mr. Zhang Qing, Deputy Director, Europe & Africa Division, Foreign Affairs office of Shenzhen Municipality, Mr. Zeng Young, Deputy Director, Europe & Africa Division, Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipality, Mr. Deng, Deputy Director, Administrative Policy & Regulations Division, Finance Commission of Shenzhen Municipality and Mr. Feng Xiukun, principal staff member, Europe & Africa Division, Foreign Affairs Office of Shenzhen Municipality.
By Raymond Ackumey