Ghana and China on Thursday, signed a pact to reaffirm their commitment to the friendship existing between them.
The re-enactment of the treaty marked the 55th anniversary of the bilateral relation between the two countries.
The renewal of the treaty, which was first signed in 1961, was done on behalf of Ghana by the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Emmanuel Bombande, with the China Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Sun Baohong.
On the theme ‘August – Month of peace and friendship’, the ceremony was also to celebrate what organisers called a “unique” partnership, which had resulted in mutual development for both countries.
Under the renewed treaty, Ghana and China would deepen and continue their decades-old collaboration, with special attention to education, infrastructural development and trade.
Mr. Bonbande, said Ghana remained committed to the friendship and was ready to carry it to a higher pedestal.
According to him, the friendship between the two countries had resulted in the rapid growth of Ghana in recent times, especially in the area of infrastructure.
He sees China as largely an untapped economy by Ghanaian businessmen and urged them to redirect their energies to the Chinese market.
Mr. Bombande charged the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) to lead the way by expanding its reach to both Ghanaian and Chinese investors with interest to do business in either country.
“Ghana cherishes its friendship with China towards the growth of both countries and we believe this friendship will further enhance the growth and development of our respective countries”, he stated.
Mrs. Baohong on her part paid tribute to the founding signatories of the treaty, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his Chinese counterpart, Mr. Mao Tse Tung for their vision which she said was baring fruits for the present generation.
The Chinese ambassador said despite the strides made over the years, there still remains “great economic potentials” yet to be unearthed, in the two countries, which must be the focus of moving forward.
She said the benefits of the friendship has been reciprocal and reiterated Chinese commitment to a true, sincere and faithful friendship for the growth of both countries.
Chairman of the occasion and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Mr. James Zuuga Tiigah, said China’s investment in Ghana, which has reached more than Five billion dollars, was a testimony of how the country believed in Ghana.
Mr. Tiigah said Ghana would intensify its participation in subsequent China Trade Fairs after more than 20 exhibitors participated in 2014.
President of the Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA), Ambassador Kojo Amoo-Gottfried dispelled allegations that the association was behind Chinese illegal mining and said without the collaboration of the Ghanaian people, the Asians couldn’t have mined in any part of the country.
By Julius Yao Petetsi