Chinese citizens in Ghana joined their Ghanaian counterparts here late Friday to commemorate the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between their two countries.

Addressing participants, Kojo Amoo-Gottfried, Ghana’s first Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China noted that it was time to redefine the friendship agenda between the two countries to encourage much mutual activity.

“The Chinese government has already taken the lead. The question we ask is, will Ghana government attempt such reciprocal programs for Chinese to come to Ghana and participate so we learn from each other,” Amoo-Gottfried added.

The retired diplomat who is also President of the Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA) said there was the need for stronger collaboration through exchange programs, excursions, visits among others to deepen the understanding of each other’s culture among Ghanaians and Chinese.

After attaining Republican Status from British rule in 1960, Ghana established diplomatic relations with the People Republic of China. Since then the two countries have cooperated on the international front for mutual benefit.

Lucy Anning, a Ghanaian student in the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, Hubei was full of praise for the forebears of China and Ghana through whose visionary leadership she could get the opportunity to study in China which has brought a lot of change in her life.

“This opportunity has really expanded my world-view, and has helped me to reach where I am today,” Anning told Xinhua.

Tang Hong, Chairman of the Ghana Association of Chinese Associations declared that the Chinese community in Ghana cherished the peaceful atmosphere that prevails in the country.

“One very important thing we cherish so much as we do business in Ghana is the peace we enjoy. Ghana has distinguished itself as the icon of peace in Africa. Ghanaians are peaceful,” Tang observed.

He however cautioned that total peace can only flourish when citizens are uplifted from disease, homelessness, unemployment and illiteracy, adding that the strategic partnership between China and Ghana must be used as a means to address these issues to consolidate peace.

“The Chinese community will always remain grateful to Ghana and its people for the invaluable conducive atmosphere it has provided us over the years. We want to renew our pledge and commitment to contributing our quota to the socio-economic development of Ghana,” the Chinese entrepreneur added.

Since its inception in 1999 GHACHIFA has been in the forefront of fostering stronger relations between Chinese living in Ghana and their hosts. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh