President Nana Akufo-Addo praised growing bilateral relations between Ghana and China on Monday, January 9th, at the Flagstaff House when he received a Chinese delegation sent from the Chinese Leader, Xi Jinping.
The Chinese delegation led by Mr. Zhengwei also attended President Akufo-Addo's official presidential inauguration ceremony at the Black Star Square on January 7th.
President Akufo-Addo said to Mr. Zhengwei that bilateral relations between Ghana ad China had grown stronger in the last 10 years, especially during the Kufuor administration, when President Akufo-Addo was then the Foreign Minister. He expressed that the strengthening relations were proved by the fact that China is now the second largest trading partner to Ghana.
"We'd love very much to continue building the strong relationship that we have with China in so many different areas, particularly in economic development," said President Akufo-Addo.
President Akufo-Addo applauded the China's contribution to Ghana's energy sector in its involvement in the Bui Hydroelectric Dam, and its contribution in the Western Gas Infrastructure Project.
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President Akufo-Addo also welcome made by the Chinese Special Envoy to encourage Chinese companies to invest in the Ghanaian economy.
"We want to do exactly what you are doing in China, develop rapidly our infrastructure, develop rapidly our economy and we are very open to othersfrom outside Ghana to come in and invest in our country and help us develop our economy," said President Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Zhengwei, on his part, congratulated President Akufo-Addo on his "excellent speech" during the inauguration ceremony and said the speech left a "great impression" on him.
"You are a blessing for the Ghanaian people and a blessing for the sub-region. We know you are a true friend of China and we pay our respects... We believe that under your leadership Ghana would enjoy a brighter future," said the Chinese Special Envoy.
He, Mr. Zhengwei, also said that just like President Akufo-Addo said in his speech that Ghana's doors were open for business, China too was willing to work with Ghana to strengthen relations between the two countries.