A sister-city Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Ghana, and the City of Nanchang, China, was signed in Accra on Monday, to strengthen the cordial relations between the two countries.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Isaac Nii Djanmah Vanderpuije, welcomed the delegation from the China-Nanchang People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries to Ghana.
He said that the national capital, Accra, one of the dynamic and fast growing cities in Africa, had the potential for economic co-operation and cultural exchanges that would be of tremendous benefit to the two countries.
Nii Afotey Agbo said that the region, especially Accra, had become a hub for foreign direct investment as a result of the measures instituted by the government to ensure political stability, security and market liberalisation.
He asked players in hospitality and tourism, road transport, waste management, energy, education and health, manufacturing and trade as well as housing and real estate development, to co-operate for economic gains.
“I can assure you of positive returns on your investment as you are aware that the world has reached a stage where no single country can stand alone; we now live in an era of interdependence,” Nii Afotey Agbo said.
“As a government, we cannot overlook the co-operation and support China has given Ghana in the area of the construction of the National Theatre, Afife Irrigation Project, Ofankor-Nsawam stretch of the Accra-Kumasi road, Ministry of Defence office block among others,” he said, and commended the Chinese government for supporting Ghana’s development agenda.
Nii Afotey Agbo said that the government was committed to developing the private sector and that “any assistance and partnership for the support of the sector will be welcomed”.
Mr. Lu Zuoquan, Vice President, People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries of Nanchang, and leader of the delegation, said Accra could benefit from Nanchang, which had a history of 2,200 years, rich in cultural and entrepreneurial prowess.
He said that “Nanchang hoped that the two cities could promote friendly exchanges and co-operation, embrace a new round of development and work hand in hand to the benefit of the people of the two countries.
The Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, whose address was read on his behalf, said “your vast wealth of experience and knowledge puts you in a better stead and we are prepared to learn from you and share with you your best practices, so that we can avoid the many pitfalls that befall many cities as they make strides towards development.”
By Castro Zangina-Tong