Speaker of Parliament, the Hon Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye, has hailed the relationship between Ghana and China, which he said dates far back to the Kwame Nkrumah era.
According to him, Ghana was the first African state to start official diplomatic relations with China and also the first African nation to have an embassy and ambassador extraordinaire present in the Chinese republic.
The historical association between the two countries, he said, should form the new basis in enhancing their relationship.
Professor Mike Ocquaye stated these when the new Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Shi Ting Wang, visited Parliament to officially introduce himself to the Speaker.
He pledged Parliament’s preparedness to deepen the relationship between the two countries further and noted that Ghana and China have some very important cultural similarities, which include love for culture and tradition, appropriate ways of doing things and simplistic honesty.
According to him, Ghana has enjoyed massive cooperation from China in terms of development projects, which include the Bui Dam, the National Theatre, and the Job 600 Building among many others and is looking forward to adding railway development and other areas of economic activities.
“These would go a long way to further deepen the relationship between the two countries such that today Sinohydero and Huawei and others are deeply involved in the construction and development of the country,” he stated.
Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Shi Ting Wang, noted that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s state visit to China during the FOCAC Beijing Summit would help push cooperation between the two states to new heights.
China, he said, is ready to support Ghana’s development and therefore this was a topic for discussion in the bilateral talks between the Chinese President and President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, eight agreements were signed between the two leaders and stressed that besides the eight agreements the two governments also signed commercial agreements.
He indicated that the Chinese President has announced 80 initiatives to support the development of Africa with US$60 billion financial support for the implementation.
H.E. Shi Ting Wang averred that China’s National People’s Congress (Chinese Parliament) has established Special committees to interact with the Ghana-China Parliamentary Friendship Association and expressed the hope the two groups would work together to strengthen the collaboration of the two states.
He pledged to facilitate exchanges between the two Parliaments to make their interactions more successful for mutual benefits.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org