The Chinese government has reiterated its commitment to strengthen China-Africa cooperation in the fields of investment and financing, interconnection, infrastructure, public health system and peace and security.
A series of initiatives to attain these would be launched soon and by the end of this year, a sixth ministerial conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will be held in South Africa to further deepen the China-Africa cooperation.
Madam Sun Baohong, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, stated these at a reception held in Accra last Thursday to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Ghana.
On July 5, 1960, with the background of the cold war between the West and East and the mounting struggles of the national liberation movements on the African continent, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Mao Zedong of China made the historic decision to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries with extraordinary strategic vision, thus opening a new era of bilateral relations.
Ghana is the only second Sub-Saharan African country to establish diplomatic relations with China and also the first Sub-Saharan African country to open its doors to host Chinese leaders.
Madam Baohong said China is committed to developing relations with African countries in the spirit of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith.
“China is willing to keep close policy dialogue, improve cooperation mechanism, exchange governance experiences and properly solve the existing problems through consultation and cooperation with Ghana,” she added.
Madam Baohong said China’s development was an opportunity for the world and Africa to exploit, stressing that, China is an advocator and pursuer of mutually beneficial cooperation.
She said China is committed to connecting its development with that of Ghana, aligning the interests of the Chinese people with those of the Ghanaian people, and combining China’s development opportunities with those of Ghana.
Madam Baohong noted that, while building the upgraded version of China’s economy, the country was ready to advance cooperation with Ghana in energy, industry, infrastructure construction and other areas by giving full play of its advantages on capital, technology, equipment, among others.
“China will support Ghana to fulfill her the economic transformation and embark on the road of self-sustained development”, she stressed.
She urged that the two countries should show greater political will and put in place more targeted initiatives to enhance better understanding of each other and elevate the bilateral relations to a new height.
Madam Baohong said as part of the activities to mark the 55th anniversary of China-Ghana diplomatic relations, a series of programmes was held including Economic and Trade forums, sports event, Chinese film festival, media interviews and publication of special brochures.
She added that, free surgery for 200 cataract patients in Ghana and staging a Chinese art performance would be rolled out soon.
Speaking on behalf of government, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, Minister of Education, said China had extended considerable support to Ghana in her quest for economic growth and development over the years.
She noted that, the vibrant cultural cooperation between the two countries had yielded tangible results as evidenced by the people-to-people exchanges at the grass roots level.
Prof. Agyemang, mentioned that currently over 3,400 self-sponsored Ghanaian students were pursuing various courses especially in the field of medical sciences in Chinese universities.
Present at the reception were ministers of states, diplomatic corps, representatives of international organisations, traditional leaders and members of the Chinese community in Ghana.
By Joseph Edu Archison