Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The approaching visit by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana to China next month is expected to help deepen the already warm relations between the two countries, a Ghanaian official has said.

President Akufo-Addo has accepted the invitation from the Chinese President Xi Jinping to join other African heads of state participating in the meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held in Beijing, China next month.

“It is our hope that the upcoming visit to China by President Akufo-Addo will further deepen our economic and bilateral relations whilst fostering deeper people-to-people exchanges,” Dorcas Richter, Director of Asia-Pacific unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation said here late Saturday.

The official who represented the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation at the 57thAnniversary dinner of the signing of the treaty of friendship between the two countries acknowledged the efforts of the founding fathers whose leadership led to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two friendly countries in 1961.

She observed: “The friendship and cooperation forged between our two countries have moved on to a higher pedestal, cutting across political, economic, trade and investment as well as cultural spheres.”

While President Xi’s special envoy Wang Zhengwei , who is Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) was among the top ranking Chinese officials to visit Ghana over the past two years, Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo paid working visits to China last year.

The Ghanaian official noted that the visit in June by the formidable China Naval Fleet made up of three war ships for a joint military exercises at sea did not only inspire national pride and confidence in Chinese nationals resident in Ghana but also enhanced the long-standing military cooperation between the two countries.

During his visit to China in August 1961 Ghana’s president Kwame Nkrumah and Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai signed a treaty of friendship between their two countries.

Over the years Presidents Nkrumah, Jerry Rawlings, John Kufuor and John Atta Mills from the Ghanaian side paid official visits to China, While Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao followed the footstep of Zhu to pay an official visit to Ghana in June 2006.
The well attended dinner saw the presence of a cross section of Ghanaians in politics, business and academia including members of the Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA).

“Over the past 57 years China and Ghana have enjoyed ever increasing political trust, inspiring economic and commercial cooperation and increasing people-to-people exchanges,” China’s ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang observed in his keynote address at the event organized by GHACHIFA.

Since a friend in need is a friend indeed, Shi recalled that China’s government has supported Ghana in various ways including the recent 1000 bore holes project to provide safe drinking water for people in rural Ghana.

He said the upcoming FOCAC conference will mark another significant milestone in China Africa relations.

“China will uphold the concept of policy towards Africa featuring sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith as well as the values of friendship, justice and shared interests while supporting Africa’s development and revitalization,” the ambassador pledged. Enditem

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